Greening the Gateway Kent and Medway
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Innovation Centre Medway (Phase 2) Maidstone Road Chatham Kent ME5 9SD
The Green Clusters vision for the Hoo Peninsula area has been informed by local stakeholders and reflects the inherent character of local landscapes, as well as opportunities for connectivity, recreation and place making.
The Hoo Peninsula shelters the River Medway, forming a buffer and distinctive landscape setting for urban Medway. The wide ridge at the core of the peninsula is a solid backbone flanked by vast open grazing marshes to the west and the more secluded wetlands of Yantlet Creek to the east. Beyond Yantlet Creek, the Isle of Grain seems separate and remote, despite the constant stream of heavy lorries on the A228 to service the industry and container terminal there.
The Big Vision...
Large scale landscape restoration projects will enhance the legibility and accessibility of the Hoo Peninsula. The prominent ‘wooded’ ridge will contrast with the restored wetland habitats at Cliffe, on the grazing marshes and at Yantlet Creek, where there may be scope to restore the natural watercourse so that the Isle of Grain is once again an island. Future development within the Hoo villages will be designed to enhance their landscape setting so that they function as gateways to the wider countryside, while a series of routes and viewpoints on the edges of the ridge will offer views over the coastal marshes. New destinations at Cliffe Pools, Yantlet Creek, Allhallows, Grain, the future Chattenden development and the Manor Farm Country Park will boost both community morale and the local economy.