Planning application for major warehousing development at Junction 8 – UPDATED.

Planning application for major warehousing development at Junction 8 – UPDATED.

The Maidstone Borough Council is due to consider an application for a major warehousing development on Woodcut Farm at Junction 8 of the M20 at a meeting on 30th June at 6pm in the Town Hall. The development is on a site that has been previously rejected for development on a number of occasions by Maidstone Borough Council, Kent County Council, CPRE, Natural England, Leeds Castle, and all local Parish Councils plus thousand of residents.

Woodcut Farm is the site of the strongly opposed KIG development which was fought off after a public inquiry a few years ago. Last year a plan to build a warehousing complex on the opposite side of the A20 was succesffully opposed at a public inquiry.

The present application is by Roxhill PLC who wish to build a 500,000 square foot warehouse and distribution complex in an an area next to an ANOB at a point which already has traffic issues. It is also the gateway to Leeds Castle which attracts 600,000 visitors a year and employs 350 people.

It is intended that representatives of Hollingbourne Parish Council will be at the meeting.

For more information please go to https://services.maidstone.gov.uk/meetings/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=112&MId=2682&Ver=4

UPDATE on 30th June – The planning application was rejected by a narrow margin at a packled Town Hall Meeting. It is expected that Roxhill PLC, wuill formally appeal against the decision. A full report of the meeting was posted on this website on 30th June.