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Rushenden Marsh - - 634407.jpg
Rushenden Marsh, looking back towards Rushenden Hill and Rushenden Village
Rushenden is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townQueenborough
Postcode districtME11
Dialling code01795
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
51°25′N 0°44′E / 51.41°N 0.74°E / 51.41; 0.74Coordinates: 51°25′N 0°44′E / 51.41°N 0.74°E / 51.41; 0.74

Rushenden is a village on the Isle of Sheppey in the Borough of Swale in Kent, England, of approximately 500 dwellings. It lies to the south of Queenborough (where, at the 2011 Census, the population was included ). A railway spur line formerly passed through the village to a former wharf on the Swale, although this has now been removed to make way for part of the regeneration scheme.


The masterplan for Queenborough & Rushenden (created in 2003)[1] represents an “exemplar for other masterplanning projects in the Thames Gateway” (South East Regional Design Panel May 2006).

The plan includes a Green Charter and Arts strategy which aims to ensure that the development addresses sustainability as well as using art to act as the “glue” that binds the community together with its surrounding landscape.[citation needed]

The masterplan (by Homes and Communities Agency with Swale Council) sets out a comprehensive approach to regenerating Queenborough & Rushenden. It involves harnessing its setting, history and people, and combining with them proposals for housing, employment, community facilities and recreation.[1]

The vision for the masterplan creates a mixed-use development with the potential to support:

  • 1,800 new homes, split 50/50 between family housing and apartments,[1] rated as Code Level 4 increasing to zero carbon
  • Up to 180,000 sq m of new employment space with the ability to support over 1,000 new jobs
  • Up to 20 hectares of brownfield land remediated [1]
  • 180 berth marina and community water space facility
  • Improved public realm
  • Provision of new Community/Educational Facilities
  • 1.5 km of new strategic infrastructure
  • Development of a combined heat and power plant (CHP).

The regeneration plan will cost up to £400 million.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Dyson, Lewis (21 June 2013). "£400m regeneration project in Queenborough and Rushenden at crucial stage as land is cleared". Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  2. ^ Dyson, Lewis (8 November 2013). "Plans for 250 homes in Rushenden Road delayed until next year". Retrieved 19 March 2014.

External links[edit]

Media related to Rushenden at Wikimedia Commons