The Arches ‘Chatham’ Neighbourhood Forum (ACNF) is a group made up of local residents and business owners from our community that together are preparing our Neighbourhood Plan to positively shape the future of our designated area within Central Chatham. Click here for our boundary:
A former housing shelter for elderly people will be refurbished and extended to become a foyer for vulnerable young people after plans were recently approved by Medway Council.
MHS Homes put forward a planning application seeking permission to build two additional one-bed living units and to remodel the frontage of the empty Russell House to include a covered walkway and glazed communal rooms for the young residents.
The refurbishment work will also see new fencing installed along the perimeter of the site, soft landscaping features and a gated stairwell leading up to Magpie Hall Road.
In order to find out how our area may change in the years to come, we’ve created a digital map documenting all the potential development sites in our boundary. These particular sites aren’t ones that we would love or hate to be developed, they’re simply sites that could be redeveloped in theory. This information will then feed into our site assessment process.
On Monday 21st October, the Arches ‘Chatham’ Neighbourhood Forum (ACNF) held their inaugural Annual General Meeting at Nucleus Arts Centre, Chatham.
It was fantastic to see so many members of our community (residents, businesses, elected officials and council officers) engaged in planning for our shared future. We filled all of our officer roles for the Management Committee, voted in our constitution and forum members show interested in being involved in our working groups. The forum also agreed that we should start with two working groups, working group 1 is expecting to cover the environment and public realm, whereas working group 2 will on the local economy, housing and wellbeing.