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LATEST: Plan agreed for Aylesford Newsprint site

Friday 9th April 2021

A MASSIVE logistics and warehousing plant on the site of the old Aylesford Newsprint plant has been given the go ahead.

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council (TMBC) approved plans for the £180m redevelopment of the site last month.

Panattoni, the applicant, hopes that more than 5,000 jobs will be created both directly and indirectly.

Work will start soon on the first two units but the final design of the remaining space will depend on tenants' needs.

Panattoni development director Antony Watkins said: “Aylesford will be our flagship development in the UK and we are committed to being a good neighbour to the local community and environment, and strengthening the local economy.

“Since announcing our proposals…we have received very strong levels of interest at this stage in the project from potential tenants to take space here in Kent.”

A £7m public link road to connect Station Road and Bellingham Way, is designed to keep HGVs out of Aylesford village and reduce congestion between junctions four and five of the M20.

Nicolas Heslop, TMBC leader, said: “This is a massive vote of confidence in our area and we can now look forward to breaking ground on this exciting development.

“In the coming months, we will be working with Panattoni to ensure this development delivers the maximum benefit to our borough and residents in terms of jobs, investment and the local transport network.”

The construction is estimated to last around three years with 450 staff on site and a similar number off site.

Distribution businesses will employ around 3,000 people with another 2,560 thought to be engaged in the ancillary businesses.