Plans for a huge extension to Kent Science Park (KSP), the creation of a new junction on the M2 and a southern link road have been made public.
The Business estate, which employs 1,650 people, is the location of more than 60 companies based in 515,000 sqft of laboratories and office space, including firms like GW Pharma and Novartis.
Proposals for a new scheme could see 100 hectares of commercial space added to the site, a new Junction 5Acreated on the M2 to access KSP, and a Southern Relief Road constructed to join the M2 to the A2.
The connection on the A2 would be between Bapchild and Teynham.
The scheme has been put forward by KSP joint owners Angelo, Gordon & Co and Trinity Investment Management, alongside Canterbury-based developer Quinn Estates. Its brochure says it could also lead to 8,000 people in long-lasting employment.
According to the proposals, through the Local Growth Fund, KSP, Swale council and Kent County Council, £13 million could be accessed to assist with the project.
Initial costing for Junction 5A and the Southern Relief Road are £80 million and this sum was being sought, the brochure said.
The proposals state: “The benefits of this project are all encompassing. Existing residents will be better served for road transport with reduced delays and traffic jams and better air quality through the creation of a better functioning road network.
“Existing businesses, notably at Eurolink, will benefit from reduced journey times and less congestion.
“The vision is to deliver this project so that by 2020 the significant disruption expected from J5 improvements and the Stockbury roundabout can be mitigated leading to economic, social and environmental benefits.”
The brochure says a public consultation could be carried out this year.
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