Feedback Analysis Report
©TIBBALDS JUNE 2013
Rochester Airport is owned by Medway Council and is a vitalpart o Medway’s uture economic prosperity. However, theairport’s acilities are nearing the end o their economic lives.Investment is needed to secure the airport’s medium to long-term uture.Medway has developed a strategy o making the airport‘smaller but better’ with improved acilities or users andvisitors. The main change will be removing one o the twograss runways, and replacing the remaining one with a hardsuraced runway, with a grass runway alongside. These changes will ree up land or development next to theairport. New development provides the opportunity to:
meet Medway Council’s aspirations or the area bycreating a hub or knowledge-based employment; and
release value rom council-owned land, so helping to undimprovements to the airport.Whilst there are clear planning policies identiying the areaas a hub or high quality employment, there are no specicpolicies that protect the airport. Medway Council hasthereore commissioned Tibbalds Planning & Urban Design(supported by Campbell Reith, consulting engineers, and Aspinall Verdi, property consultants) to prepare a masterplanor the area that will provide a clear vision or the uture.
1.2 Purpose of this report
Consultation with local people is important or making surethat the masterplan takes the right approach. There are twostages o consultation:
an initial stage o inormal consultation on the emergingmasterplan beore it is nalised; and
a ormal statutory stage that will last or a minimum periodo six weeks. This is a report o the initial consultation stage, which wascentred around a two-day exhibition at the InnovationCentre, Medway. The report sets out what inormationwas shown at the exhibition, how the event was publicised,details o the responses made by local people, and howthe emerging masterplan will be changed as a result o comments made.
1 Introduction and background
Photos rom the initial consultation event