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Plans to expand Barham Business Park submitted to Canterbury City Council

Proposals to expand a business park have been revealed.

Developers Turner Jackson Day Associates have submitted a planning application to construct 26 new commercial units at Barham Business Park, near Canterbury.

Barham Business Park, near Canterbury. Picture: Google Street View
Barham Business Park, near Canterbury. Picture: Google Street View

The site represents a 0.5 hectare parcel of land, located on the eastern side of Elham Valley Road.

It is currently occupied by a large number of storage containers which, under the proposals, would be replaced by the commercial units. Two buildings would also be demolished.

The plans are for 22 commercial units and four offices.

It is proposed the uses will be a mix of businesses, general industrial and storage or distribution.

To keep with the site's surroundings, the developers have proposed a design derived from a traditional agricultural barn, which includes black cladding, timber details and a black plinth.

The application also includes plans to double the number of parking spaces, from 30 to 60.

The current state of the site at Barham Business Park. Picture: Turner Jackson Day Associates
The current state of the site at Barham Business Park. Picture: Turner Jackson Day Associates

In the application, the developers state: "The proposal improves the relationship with nearby heritage assets and is set further back into the site than the existing commercial unit, which is to be demolished.

"The positioning of units 1-16 has been based on retaining vistas through the site from north west to south east, improving the outlook from The Barn, where the existing outlook is over a yard of storage containers.

"This consolidated and more efficient building layout allows for increased separation from neighbouring dwellings, additional areas for screen planting and landscaping and aims to keep hard landscaping to a minimum."

Access would be retained at the north eastern boundary of the site and the road is largely designed around the existing site.

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