Planning approval, Kent, Perry court development

Pegasus Group has secured planning permission on behalf of Nottingham based Henry Davidson Developments (HDD) for a new Aldi and Premier Inn at Perry Court in Faversham, Kent

The planning application, which was recommended for approval by officers, was for a new supermarket and hotel along with associated accesses, car and cycling parking, lighting, drainage, landscaping and infrastructure. Outline permission for the wider Perry Court development was approved in March 2017.

Scott Davidson, managing director of HDD, said: “We are delighted that councillors have approved this well-planned scheme that will bring significant economic benefits to the local area.”

“The proposed 84 bed Premier Inn is set to generate around 29 new jobs, with a target for 50% to be taken by those not in employment, education or training aged between 16 and 24.

“The new Aldi store will employ 50 full time equivalent employees, as well as supporting the expansion of facilities at the new Sheppey Distribution Centre which ultimately will provide 400 jobs and will broaden the retail offer in Faversham.”

“Thanks to the support and dedication of the team at Pegasus Group we now look forward to progressing this development at the soonest possible opportunity.”

Pegasus Group project managed the application and worked closely with planning officers pre-application to deliver a comprehensive report to borough councillors.

Steve Lewis-Roberts, a senior director at Pegasus Group, said: “We are extremely pleased that HDD’s vision for this development, that will bring much needed services to the new community and the existing town, has won the support of Swale Borough Council.

“During the consultation process significant design changes were made to ensure a bespoke development that is right for Perry Court, and this was reflected by the fact that were no objections from statutory consultees and that the application had the support of the local Faversham Town Council.

“It has been a rewarding project to be part of with all parties working hard to steer it towards today’s positive conclusion.”

Councillors heard that the economic benefits of the scheme would see at least a third of hotel guests would be expected to eat out locally generating in the order of 9,800 extra restaurant users per annum; would support the viability of Faversham Town Centre; and bring significant additional spending into the local area from visitors estimated at circa £1.3m per year.

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