Public consultation on a new document setting out how Medway’s potential World Heritage Site supports the area’s regeneration agenda goes live today (16 September, 2013).

The draft Chatham World Heritage Planning Policy document responds to government feedback on Medway’s bid to nominate Chatham Dockyard and its Defences as a World Heritage Site in 2014.

Chatham is one of just eleven sites on the government’s shortlist of potential World Heritage Sites. It is considered the world’s best-preserved example of a defended dockyard from the age of sail.

Consultation is open until 27 October.
The draft document can be viewed at or

Copies are available at any of Medway’s libraries, or at Gun Wharf, Medway Council’s civic headquarters.

There will be a staffed exhibition in the Caveyard Café at Fort Amherst, on:
• Tuesday 24 September, from 10am – 4pm
• Thursday 26 September, from 12noon – 6pm
• Saturday 28 September, from 2pm – 4pm
It is intended that the planning policy document will be adopted by Medway Council’s Cabinet in early 2014.

A bid will be submitted to government in late October to request the 2016 World Heritage Site nomination date.