Once home to Gravesend West Street station and pier, a huge new residential and commercial development has been approved on the Clifton Slipways.

It has been decades since the pier has been used and has been in urgent need of some TLC for some time, however it stands to be the last surviving memory of the Clifton Slipways’ history.

Plans were revealed last December at an exhibition for local residents, by landowner Downriver Properties and architecture practice Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. The plans exposed a 13-storey high block with a mix of 29 one-bedroom flats, 84 two-bedroom homes and 10 with three bedrooms. Another 9- storey building will also be erected to fit with the landscape.

The Victorian pier itself will undergo a re-establishment to the area, once restored will provide a public space incorporating a glazed pavilion. Residents and the local public will be able to enjoy the surroundings and a new community hub in the form of a café/restaurant is set to be introduced to the ground floor northern building business unit.

Construction is likely to start in the next 18 months and Cllr William Lambert, the vice-chairman of the board, commented “This has been going on for a few years now and we thought we really need to get on with it. It’s a really nice development, given the location and the way the land falls away, it is in keeping with the Heritage Quarter. Having the pier back into use is a real bonus. We are also in great need of homes.”