Planning approval marks bright new phase for Discovery Park
Form the Discovery Park Blog (29/10/2014)
We received some exciting news from a planning meeting on Thursday 23 October, when Dover District Council unanimously gave the go ahead to further development of the Discovery Park site.
Having undergone major regeneration since Discovery Park Ltd took over two years ago, we have grown significantly from just five tenants to approaching 100. The Discovery Park of today is a thriving community, boasting companies from a wide variety of sectors including our core science and technology tenants to education and energy and everything in between.
Naturally, we have also made sure there are all the facilities in place to support the people and business based here, and generally make it a pleasant place to be. The proposed development is significant for us as it introduces new uses including new homes. It will extend the Discovery Park community further, as well as complementing what is already here. This has positive knock-on effects for the whole of Sandwich (what we call a ‘total place’ approach), including adding new jobs, extra trade for town centre businesses and scope for improvements to local public transport and parking.
Our MD Paul Barber commented, “We’re delighted the District Council has granted Discovery Park planning permission. This means we can now start to design our proposals in more detail and move towards our next phase of development. This decision makes it more likely that many more thousands of jobs, the majority of which will be suitable for local people, will be created at Discovery Park.”
The DDC decision granted outline planning permission for up to 500 homes, 1.2m square feet of new commercial/education space, a 200 bedroom hotel and ancillary uses.
Watch this space for more details as we have them! We’ll also update you in a future issue of Sandwich Town News.
Posted on 04/11/2014