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Permission sought to redevelop former Kent power station

Words: Laura Edgar
Kingsnorth power station, before it was demolished / Bob Deering, Shutterstock_1429534790

Energy company Uniper has submitted an outline planning application to Medway Council for a mixed-use development on the site of the former Kingsnorth power station.

The 279-acre site is on the Hoo Peninsula in Medway, Kent. It includes 152 acres of readily developable brownfield land.

Uniper said that once occupied, the development  – named MedwayOne – could create more than 2,000 full-time permanent jobs, as well well as about 700 temporary construction jobs during development.

It plans to deliver a mix of commercial, manufacturing and industrial spaces, as well as lorry park. Storage, distribution and data centre uses could also be delivered.

Uniper is also seeking permission to establish an energy hub that could provide power, steam and heat for neighbouring businesses and a district heating scheme for the proposed housing development – Hoo Rural Town.

The submission follows a period of consultation earlier this year in which more than 4,800 residents, stakeholders and businesses were invited to attend online public exhibitions.

If approved, before construction begins detailed applications for the development of individual parcels of land will be submitted by businesses wishing to locate to the site in the future.

Adam Archer, project manager for MedwayOne, said: “If our application is approved, MedwayOne will provide exciting long-term investment opportunities with the ability to attract a range of dynamic businesses. It is anticipated that MedwayOne will be developed over a period of around 10 years, with the potential to attract investment into the area and create new job opportunities that could complement and support future planned growth in Medway.    

“Uniper is committed to ongoing dialogue with local residents, elected members, businesses and community groups, and will keep all communication channels open and interested parties updated of MedwayOne’s progress.”

Kingsnorth power station was demolished three years ago.

Uniper is based in Germany. it was formed by the separation of E.ON's fossil fuel assets into a separate company in 2016.

The application can be found here on the Medway Council website.

Image credit | Bob Deering, Shutterstock