Plans have been submitted to redevelop the former Rimmel factory site at Cobbs Wood Industrial Estate in Ashford, creating the prospect of nearly 200 new jobs in the borough.
Derelict since 2007 when it was destroyed by fire, the former factory was demolished and part of the site was then taken for the high speed rail line, with the remaining five acres left as a cleared brownfield site.
Gallagher Properties Ltd, based in Maidstone, acquired the site last year from the Homes & Communities Agency, and a planning application has been submitted to Ashford Borough Council.
Cobbs Wood Industrial Estate is a well-established industrial employment area and Gallagher Properties plans to provide new employment space in a modern, well designed development.
The proposals include plans to develop a number of small to medium size warehouse units with forecourts and parking areas on 70 per cent of the site. The remainder of the site would provide a ready-mix concrete plant alongside a grounds and maintenance depot for the Council.
Subject to planning permission being granted, construction work would start on site this summer and will be carried out in phases over the next couple of years.
Nick Yandle of Gallagher Properties, said: “It is important that new jobs and business premises are on offer to support the growing local population and residential development.
“This site is well located and the time is right to redevelop it. The improving economy combined with Ashford Council’s ambitious plans for the borough has stimulated an increased demand for new commercial properties and a vibrant construction-related sector locally.
“The proposed development at Cobbs Wood is our first property venture into the Ashford area and is an opportunity we are excited about. Our developments are always well managed and we take care to ensure that good design features in everything we do.”
Gallagher Group employs more than 300 people in Kent, and has carried out construction work in Ashford for many years, and delivered large quantities of building material to the area from its quarry in Maidstone.
Head Office address:
Gallagher Group, Leitrim House, Little Preston
Aylesford, Kent ME20 7NS
Gallagher Aggregates Ltd., Hermitage Quarry
Hermitage Lane, Maidstone, Kent ME16 9NT