Appeal to be lodged on Waterside Park decision

  • Waterside Park Model

Following the decision of Maidstone Borough Council’s Planning Committee to reject the plans for Waterside Park by eight votes to three on Thursday 27 February, the applicants: Automotive Distributors Ltd (ADL), Scarab Sweepers and Gallagher Properties Ltd, have reviewed their options, and will be lodging an appeal.

With the prospect of ADL and Scarab Sweepers having to now relocate their 500 employees, and with no alternative sites identified in the borough, it is felt that there is a strong case for an appeal.

Jonathan Buckwell, Director (Planning) of DHA Planning, the Maidstone-based planning consultancy which represents the three companies involved in Waterside Park, said: “We have listened to the views of the Committee and, while the appeal is progressing, we will review the scheme with the possibility of submitting a new planning application.”

Derek Edwards, ADL’s Regional Logistics Director, said: “It is vital that every one of ours and Scarab’s employees, and their families and dependents, knows that we are fighting to stay in Maidstone. It is important for everybody concerned that an appeal is heard as soon as possible.

“Our German parent company is prepared to invest more than £20m in our Maidstone operations to create an international headquarters and distribution centre from where we can serve our customers in 100 countries. Despite the decision of the local authority, we remain committed to Waterside Park.”

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