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HOUSING CRISIS: 15 floor tower block proposed for Maidstone town centre

Thursday 16th July 2020

A PROPOSED 15-storey tower block with 181 flats is planned for the centre of the county town, Daily Downs Mail has learnt.

But the development in Mote Road - currently a car park near the entrance to the Romney Place Sainsbury's - will have just 47 car parking spaces. Office space is also planned into the scheme.

The site was included in a series of  "opportunity" locations for development promoted by Liberal Democrat-led Maidstone Borough Council, a list that also included Len House.

The applicants are London-based Appin Land Ltd and in documents seen by Daily Downs Mail shows the building towering above any existing buildings in the immediate area.

REIDENTS REACT IN DISMAY TO 15-STOREY TOWER BLOCK

The document states: "Following three pre-application meetings between Appin Land, Formation Architects and Maidstone Borough Council, this document has been prepared to illustrate the evolution of the design of the scheme and to present this to Members of the planning committee to discuss the proposed development at Mote Road in Maidstone.

"In the preparation of this presentation, detailed and careful consideration has been given to the concept designs, with the ambition of setting new standards of architecture, incorporating sustainable design for urban and lifestyle living, integrated with an active commercial use that will help reinvigorate the economy of the local area."

Borough councillor Jonathan Purle said: "This proposal is just another step closer to the 'Croydonisation' of Maidstone."

Local councillor for High Street, Cllr Clive English said: "I can't comment on this application as I sit on the planning committee but it may be some way off coming forward. The actual height is not firmed up yet."

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