Strood retail park
Ellen Forster

Strood retail park plans given go ahead

Plans to redevelop Strood Retail Park have been approved despite council objection.

B&Q on Commercial Road, Rochester, is set to be replaced with three shops, a cafe and a 24-hour gym.

The retail development will have 336 parking spaces as well as 50 cycle spaces.

Work must begin within three years on the condition the landlord, Ropemaker Properties, contribute £15,000 towards a pedestrian crossing and £2,000 for menial traffic management.

At a planning meeting on Wednesday, Cllr Peter Hicks (Con) said: “This will become the only junction into the retail park.

“It is already busy and will be subject to further traffic with the development of the old civic centre.”

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