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Decision due on Aylesford Newsprint site for logistics hub and 5,000 jobs

Tuesday 9th March 2021

A DECISION on the major redevelopment of the defunct Aylesford Newsprint site will be made later this month.

The old plant is due to be turned into a £180m warehousing, logisitcs and distribution facility, which developers Panattoni claim will create more than 5,000 jobs.

The company is planning to bring improvements to local railway stations, buses, footpaths and cycle routes costing £12m.

Panattoni proposals include a new £7 million public link road connecting Station Road and Bellingham Way, as well as paying for a pedestrian crossing at Aylesford railway station.

A new bus service, very 30 minutes, will operate between New Hythe, Aylesford and Maidstone and require four new stops plus improved facilities bus stop at the Bricklayers Arms. Panattoni will fund this for five years.

A new link road will reduce traffic using junctions four and five of the M20 and travelling along Leybourne Way, claims the developer.

Kent Wildlife Trust, based near Maidstone, will oversee a £500,000 investment in local projects, including a site in Boughton Monchelsea.

Anthony Watkins, Development Director at Panattoni, said: “By improving local transport facilities and services, and improving safety, we hope to encourage more people to walk and cycle, while also having a better experience when using the nearby Aylesford and New Hythe railway stations.”     

The company  predicts by 2024, the 90-acre site will deliver more than £162m per annum of economic value annually to Tonbridge & Malling borough and generate 3,000 industrial, logistics, distribution and manufacturing jobs, plus support a further 2,560 indirect jobs.

A decision on the planning application is expected later this month by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council. Information on the proposed redevelopment of the Aylesford Newsprint site can be found at