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Legal move over riverside scheme
Medway docks
The closure of five wharves could result in up to 400 job losses
The future of a multi-million pound housing project in Medway may be in doubt due to a legal challenge by a company facing closure on the site.

Rochester Riverside comprises 70 acres of land accommodating a variety of industrial, commercial and maritime activities, which would disappear.

One riverside company, GPS, is to take out an injunction against the council to get a review of the plans.

It believes the site could exist along with the residential regeneration.

Derelict areas

Under the housing project, which is backed by the government, five wharves would close in Rochester.

Among the industries which would vanish would be haulage, dredging, tug services and ship maintenance.

About 30m of government money is being spent on regenerating the largely derelict area.

There are plans to build more than 1.500 homes, shops and a school.

But the industries say they could remain, comfortably neighbouring the new scheme similar to European port areas such as Rotterdam.

Consultants hired by the council have written a report which leans heavily towards industry and have said the council's plans raise concerns about planning policy.

GPS, a marine contractors, has said it is preparing to take out an injunction against the council to force a review of the project.

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