6 September 2017
Plans to build more than 5,000 homes on a site that is home to the rare nightingale have been withdrawn.
Proposals for the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) at Lodge Hill, Chattenden, included housing, schools, a healthcare centre and shops.
The scheme on the former Ministry of Defence (MOD) site was opposed by many residents, Natural England, the RSPB and the Wildlife Trust.
The leader of Medway Council said he was "appalled" by the decision.
The RSPB said the site was "the most important site in the country for nightingales" and development would threaten dozens of pairs of nightingales which nest on the land.
The Defence Infrastructure Organisation and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) have withdrawn their planning application and intend to submit revised proposals for the site.
The HCA said it was committed to going ahead with a development at Lodge Hill with a new planning application expected to be submitted in 2018.