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LATEST: Work ready to start on Woodcut Farm

Wednesday 26th August 2020

PLANS for the development of the controversial Woodcut Farm site into an industrial park is likely to progress in the autumn, Downs Mail has learnt.

New owners of the 33-acre plot, Clearbell, are currently working on a master plan.

Clearbell, who bought the site near junction 8 of the M20 from the original applicant Roxhill Developments in June for £5m, have had three meetings with planners at Maidstone Borough Council.

Partner Nick Berry told Downs Mail that he hoped the next stage of development will be entered around October or November.

Woodcut Farm was rejected by elected members at Maidstone Borough Council four years ago but officers claimed it was needed to show employment opportunities within the 2017 Local Plan.

Despite the massive protest and the threat of High Court action, the councillors admitted defeat and a slightly slimmed down version eventually went through.

Now the site, close to junction 8 of the M20 and on Leeds Castle's doorstep, is set to be a 489,000sq ft business park consisting mainly of industrial units with some office space.


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