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Welcome to Arches Local a Big Local area based in Chatham Central within Medway


As part of the Big Local Programme, the area named  ‘Arches Local’ in the spring of 2012 was awarded National Lottery Funding.

Plan #6

We have just embarked on delivering our 6+ plan which first Which is due to come to an end around December 2022.

Neighbourhood Planning

We have a designated area & forum which includes our Big Local area.

Previous Plans & Reviews

See our past plans and things that we have delivered locally.

A level playing field

Journalist Ryan Herman visited five Big Local areas around sport.

Air Pollution Monitoring

We are actively recording level of Particulate Matter along Luton Road.

Check out our Lost Library Escape Room!

Arches Local Big Local and Arches Chatham Neighbourhood Forum Areas

As can be seen from the Map to the left, the Arches Local is an area which stretches across two local wards; it is an area which does not form a natural neighbourhood or community and could be described as a corridor shape.

The “Arches” form part of both the Big Local and Neighbourhood Plan area name it was chosen by a range of local residents as the area roughly in the centre of the geographical map of both is the Luton Arches Railway Arches.

If you live within either area and want to know more and get involved please get in touch! 

You can find out more and view current documents at;

In terms of scale, time horizon and ethos, nothing like Big Local has ever existed.

The £217m originally provided by The National Lottery Community Fund to support this programme is the largest single-purpose Lottery-funded endowment ever made, and the biggest ever investment by a non-state funder in place based, resident-led change.

Designed from the outset to be radically different from other funding programmes, at the heart of Big Local is a vision of empowered, resilient, dynamic, asset-rich communities making their own decisions on what is best for their area.


Big Local Areas


Big Local Started


Big Local Finishes

Check out our latest Big Local Newsletter

Visit our community space

Unit 71a, The Pentagon Centre, High St, Chatham, ME4 4HY.

Give us a call

+44 (0) 7572 862 336