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Binbury Park A249 development: Quinn Estates explains more

Site for the potential Binbury Park, Detling

Site for the potential Binbury Park, Detling

Binbury Park, a 350 acre potential development next to the Kent Showground, Detling, would create more than 2,000 jobs, new homes and the county’s biggest country park.

Quinn Estates, the developer of the scheme, has put forward two scenarios for Binbury Park which is off the A249. The first plan is for 2million sq ft of commercial space and 350 homes, while the second includes 650,000 sq ft of commercial space and 1,450 homes, plus a primary school and a pub. Both scenarios include a country park, hotel, park and ride and a new access roundabout on the A249.

Discussing the development, Mark Quinn, managing director of Quinn Estates says: “Current development is proposed for land near villages where there’s no infrastructure. That doesn’t make sense. Ours is situated in an area where there is pre-existing infrastructure.

“Highways England has pledged up to £100m to improve Stockbury Roundabout and we’ll improve junction 7 and create a new roundabout on what is a very dangerous road. Our development will save lives.”

Mr Quinn has no doubt the proposals will be an enormous economic benefit to Kent, too.

“This development will be a game-changer for Maidstone,” he said, adding: “The interest we’ve had from potential tenants has been massive, it’s insane.”

As part of the plans, Quinn Estates also want access the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty behind the site, by getting a Chelsea Flower Show winner to design a 100-acre country park.

The site is mainly arable farmland and wooded areas but also includes the former RAF Detling airfield and the Detling Aerodrome Industrial Estate.

Quinn Estates submitted an environmental impact assessment for the site in June, which takes into account such things archaeology, habitat destruction and pollution. This has already been given approval by Maidstone Borough Council, with numerous consultees responding.

One of these included Kent County Council Highways who are in favour of the site’s strategic location, proposed park and ride and installation of a part-signalised roundabout, which it hopes will minimise the impact on southbound A249 traffic. The authority requested a full transport assessment.

 

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