Overview and site


The proposal is for a new village, comprising 1,250 homes (1, 2, 3, and 4 bed family houses) with much-needed affordable housing, new community facilities, extra care apartments for elderly people, an 80 bed care home and a village primary school.

This is an outline application – for the council to consider the principles and our proposals for access. Other matters such as design, scale etc. would be subject to future planning submissions.

In Autumn 2018 we consulted with local residents on development proposals for Pump Lane. The outline planning application has now been submitted to Medway Council and we are in a position to present the detailed proposals.

AC Goatham & Son is owned and run every day by the same family, father to son, always shoulder to shoulder. We are proud of being British, passionate about our countryside roots and proud of the family values that have stood us well, while standing the test of time.

The land at Pump Farm and Bloors Farm is not as productive for fruit growing as it used to be. The trees would have to be completely replaced to improve the output and it is not viable for the orchards to remain in agricultural use. AC Goatham & Son have found more suitable growing land elsewhere in Medway. We believe a sensitive development of new homes is the best option for this site in the future, and will help to fufil Medway’s housing needs.

The site

The site lies to the east of Gillingham and Chatham, and north west of Rainham, immediately south of Lower Rainham Road between the built up area to the south and Riverside Country Park and River Medway Estuary to the north.

Pump Lane  runs north to south through the site. The village of Lower Rainham neighbours the site to the north east along Lower Rainham Road. 

There is currently no public access within the site.

Rainham train station is located approximately 2.5km (1.5 miles) to the south east of the site so well within walking and cycling distance.

Regular bus services run to and from stops close to the site, routing through Lower Rainham and providing links to surrounding towns.

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