"I am opposed to expansion of the Kent Science Park and opposed to massive housing developments south of the A2"
Cllr Mike Whiting prior to supporting HIF bid
Expansion of the Kent Science Park highly unlikely in the next 20 years according to Swale Borough Council
The Council have stated that inclusion of the Kent Science Park within the Core Strategy is a significant risk which could undermine the Core Strategy itself, as
deliverability and therefore soundness of the plan as a whole would be compromised.
Further to this they have stated that the effects of an ‘unsound’ recommendation from an inspector could also damage the credibility of the case for bringing the proposals forward subsequently.
So whilst the Council still remain supportive of the general concept, the expansion is unlikely to commence before 2031 with an estimated 25 years until completion sometime around 2056.
However the expansion proposals are inextricably tied to the delivery of the Southern Relief Road and new motorway junction which is losing credibility at an alarming rate of knots.