Land East of the A228, Snodland
About the Project
Newlands Property Developments is proposing to deliver a high-quality commercial development on land to the East of the A228 in Snodland, creating up to 8,600 square metres of commercial and distribution floorspace.
Newlands Property Developments is a specialist industrial and logistics developer, with a well-known reputation in the market, built on a long history of success over a number of years.
Through this online consultation event, Newlands Property Developments is hoping to provide an overview of the emerging developments proposals, and seek your views on the proposals prior to the submission of a planning application to Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council. This online consultation will run from 21st February to 5th March 2022.
The land to the east of the A228 represents an excellent opportunity for the development of an underutilised part of Snodland. Located to the north east of Snodland within the Holborough area, the site is approximately 3 hectares in size. Formerly used for agriculture, much of the site is occupied by a cluster of silos, storage tanks, motor vehicles and equipment surrounded by hardstanding. The remainder of the site comprises grassland.
- To the north: Existing employment uses to the north (BIG Motoring World, a used car dealership – and XPO Logistics – a distribution facility used by Tesco). Further north lies the Vantage Point industrial/warehouse development that was completed in 2021.
- To the east: A railway line (Medway Valley Line) on an embankment (approximately 3 metres above the lowest site level). Further east is the Holborough Marshes country park and Holborough to Burnham Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest.
- To the south: Residential development (Cantium Place), with Snodland Railway Station approximately 400 metres to the south. Further south, there is an established industrial area (Mid Kent Business Park) that accommodates the likes of Royal Mail, Smurfit, Genie Logistics and Jennychem.
- To the west: A228 Snodland Bypass (with residential development – Willowside – and protected open space on the opposite side of the Bypass).
The site is located in a highly accessible, strategic location adjacent to the A228 which forms a key route between the M2 approximately 6 km to the north, and the M20, 3.5 km to the south. It provides an optimum location for a logistics site, providing capability to service the South East.
Newlands Property Developments is proposing to deliver a high-quality commercial development, creating up to 8,600 square metres of commercial and distribution floorspace.
Two storage and distriution units are proposed (use class B8). Unit 1 comprises 5,063 sq metres with a maximum height of 15.8 metres. Unit 2 comprises 3,530 sq metres with a maximum height of 12.6 metres. The total Gross Internal Area (GIA) amounts to 8,594 sq metres, with both units incorporating mezzanine office floorspace.
Vehicular access is proposed via the A228, with servicing and loading facilities, and a total of 82 car parking spaces and 40 bicycle parking spaces proposed. Highway improvements along the A228 are also proposed as part of the access works, including cycle track improvements.
The proposals have been designed to seek to protect existing trees and vegetation where possible, deliver enhanced landscaping and a target to deliver biodiversity net gain.
The Role of Logistics
The logistics sector has grown significantly in recent years, employing 1 million people and generating £130 billion Gross Value Added for the UK’s economy annually by latest estimates. Logistics is an essential part of the UK’s infrastructure, supporting every industry and underpinning the economic output of the UK. The Covid-19 pandemic has heightened dependence upon logistics for the delivery of food, essentials, medicines and supplies to keep businesses trading. Without the logistics industry operating efficiently and scaling up quickly, tackling the pandemic would have been even more challenging. The growth of the logistics sector over the past 2 years has provided a source of economic resilience and opportunity.
There is a shortage of supply of industrial/distribution space within the Tonbridge and Malling Borough, particularly within the urban areas of the ‘Medway Gap’. Recent economic evidence forecasts a significant need for more industrial/distribution floorspace within the Borough over the next 20 years.
The development of this site to deliver circa 8,600 square metres of employment land floorspace (Use Class B8) would support the creation of circa 100 – 135 direct full time equivalent jobs and could generate circa £5 million of direct GVA per annum within the local economy.