Maidstone East Redevelopment
Maidstone Borough Council & Kent County Council purchase former Royal Mail Sorting Office
The regeneration of the Maidstone East area of town has moved a step closer following Maidstone Borough Council & Kent County Council's joint acquisition of Royal Mail's former Maidstone mail centre and delivery site in Sandling Road.
The site is key to unlocking the potential transformation of the area, with a "landmark" mixed-use development including retail space, homes, offices, increased parking and an improved interchange between buses, trains and taxis.
The purchase of the 3.5 acre site will have two main benefits - it will create a better place and it is also a great business opportunity for both councils at a time of immense financial challenges for public service delivery.
The two council will jointly seek to produce a master plan for the site. It is hoped that as this develops they will be able to promote collaboration with other key landowners in the vicinity which would form the basis for a broader scheme encompassing Maidstone East railway station.
The masterplan is expected to take three to five years. Consultants will be appointed to ensure that the scheme is attractive as possible to private sector partners and is welcomed and supported by residents and local businesses. In the meantime, part of the former mail centre and delivery office site is being sublet to a charity for use as a depot. Further temporary uses for the site are being sought and additional parking parking spaces will be made available.
A planning application has been submitted to Maidstone Borough Council for the approval of changes to facilitate the Partnership's short term holding strategy.