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St. Modwen’s mixed-use plans for former Yalding agro-chemical plant site

St Modwen is planning a £100 million major mixed use redevelopment of Syngenta¹s former agro-chemicals plant at Yalding, near Maidstone. The proposals will release the brownfield site for housing and employment development and will provide significant areas of open space.

Following the completion of a development agreement with Syngenta PLC last summer and a significant public exhibition earlier this year, St Modwen submitted an outline planning application on June 4.

Subject to planning approval, the 105-acre site will be split between three main uses. A total of 315,000 sq ft of employment/commercial development, is proposed including the refurbishment of the former Technical Block into office suites. This will be developed by St Modwen who are also proposing a speculative first phase of business space development. The application also proposes up to 350 homes and for more than 43 acres to be brought back into public use as open space.The proposals include a playing field, and an enhanced and improved nature reserve.

St Modwen will undertake all the works involved in the provision of the main infrastructure and open space and will then sell sites to residential developers to build out the homes in accordance with an agreed design brief.

The application has been submitted with full environmental, flood risk and transport assessments, plus a planning statement which addresses issues raised during the extensive pre-application consultation.

Simon Rutter of St Modwen, said: ³This is a true mixed-use employment led scheme.

It seeks to bring back into use quickly a brownfield site following its remediation. The application offers a number of tangible benefits to the community through a more sympathetic development which is more in keeping in terms of its density and scale than its previous use.

³We are hoping for a positive response to the application and with consent would seek to commence work early next year.²

For further information contact Simon Rutter of St Modwen (020 7499 5666).

Issued by Paul Raymer of Howle Chapman Raymer (0121 236 7771).