Study casts doubt over Kent Science Park's future.

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26 Oct 2010
Swale Borough Council has commissioned another Study which casts doubt on the suitability of the Kent Science Park for expansion. The Swale Urban Extension Landscape Capacity Study carried out by Jacobs Engineering UK Limited at a cost of £10,000 considers the landscape implications of possible extensions to Swale’s principal urban settlements.

The study which examined 27 predefined areas considers whether these possible urban extensions should be contemplated. Unfortunately for Swale Borough Council the report deduced that the area to the south of the existing Kent Science Park site, where the major expansion and motorway junction would be located is one of three of the most sensitive areas in the whole of Swale of the 27 areas examined.

The land around the Kent Science Park is according to the report is highly sensitive, of high landscape value and has a low capacity for change.

The only publically available document makes mention that the consultant Jacobs has been requested to give some more guidance on the issue of scale in relation to Study Area 10 which relates to expansion of the Kent Science Park.

Obviously not findings that Swale Borough Council were looking for, should we be surprised if a new version of this document turns up in the future with a different outcome?