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GREEN MAIDSTONE BUSINESS PARK A STEP CLOSER AS PLANNING APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED FOR WOODCUT FARM SITE

20th November 2020

A new, exemplar business park which is expected to bring hundreds of new jobs to Maidstone has moved a step closer following the submission of the reserved matters to Maidstone Borough Council for land at Woodcut Farm.

Outline planning permission for the development was granted in 2018. A revised Masterplan for the site prepared by the applicant, Maidstone Investment Holding Limited (MIHL), was then approved by the Borough Council earlier this year. This Masterplan was approved followed productive engagement with officers and members of the Council, in accordance with the legal agreement linked to the 2018 planning permission.

MIHL is now pleased to have submitted the reserved matters application for the first phase of the scheme that reflects the approved site Masterplan.

This sets out details for the layout and appearance for the first phase of development, incorporating substantial landscaping for the whole site. The key features include:

  • High quality commercial units with footprint sizes ranging from circa 440 sqm – 4,950 sqm, targeting small to medium businesses.
  • The buildings are set into a landscape with extensive planting of native woodland, new ponds and uses locally prominent materials, such as ragstone, on walls and feature points throughout the site to create a sense of place and identity.
  • Sustainability is central to the scheme, with water capture and photovoltaic panels on the larger buildings and green roofs on the smaller buildings, feeding into rapid electric charging points for cars and commercial vehicles across the site.
  • Once completed the Park is expected to create in the region of 725 -1,250 jobs for the Borough.

Alongside the main application, a second application has been submitted that seeks to adjust the size and height of the buildings to enable some midsize (1,400 -2,800 sqm) buildings to be built.

This would bridge the gap between the smaller and larger units currently permitted, thereby diversifying the options available to the market but also enabling successful smaller businesses to stay and grow their business on-site, rather than being forced to relocate elsewhere.

Nick Berry, Partner of Clearbell Capital LLP and the Development Manager of this site, said “We are delighted that the Masterplan has been approved and that we can now bring forward these planning applications for consideration.

A significant level of engagement has taken place over recent months with the Borough Council and local representatives on how we can best deliver the site and the associated economic benefits. We look forward to continuing to work with all interested parties to bring forward a first class, sustainable employment location for the Borough.”

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