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Innovation Park Medway at Rochester Airport: Have your say

By Katie Nelson

People are being asked to have their say on the development of a new business park.

Medway Council, along with Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, have opened a consultation on the plans for Innovation Park Medway.

Medway Council believes the scheme – based at Rochester Airport – will be its “flagship regeneration site”, attracting high-quality technology, engineering and manufacturing companies to the Towns, which overlaps into Tonbridge and Malling’s area.

CGI images of what Innovation Park Medway will look like (First phase, Northern Gateway) (7071231)
CGI images of what Innovation Park Medway will look like (First phase, Northern Gateway) (7071231)

Innovation Park Medway will be part of the North Kent Enterprise Zone, meaning firms will benefit from business rate discounts of up to £55,000 annually for five years.

Medway Council leader Cllr Alan Jarrett (Con), said: “We understand how important it is to help businesses grow, not only for them, but for Medway’s future and Innovation Park Medway will create a high-quality, commercial innovation space for a broad range of technology, engineering, manufacturing and knowledge-intensive businesses.

“The site also offers attractive business rates and gives businesses the opportunity to grow alongside successful companies.

“Medway is the biggest regeneration zone within the Thames Gateway and it is one of the most promising growth areas in the South East.

Alan Jarrett (4377189)
Alan Jarrett (4377189)

“Medway’s economy is worth £5.17 billion and 14,000 business are based in the area.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for Medway and we committed to providing opportunities for people who live, work, study and visit the area.”

The Local Development Orders consultation will begin on Monday, June 17 in Medway and on Thursday, 20 June in Tonbridge and Malling, ending on Friday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20 respectively.

To view the consolation, go to Medway Council's consultation page here.

Alternatively, view Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council's planning page here.

Paper copies are also available from Medway Council offices (Gun Wharf), Innovation Centre Medway and Rochester Community Hub.

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