Two new planning applications have caught our eye, because they are the usual suspects.
Y16/0005/SCR is for the creation of up to 175 houses including affordable and self-build housing, up to 929sqm B1 Business floorspace, allotments, recreational ground and multi-use games area, nature reserve, and associated access, parking, amenity space and landscaping. | Link Park Lympne Industrial Estate Otterpool Lane Lympne Kent.
In the peter-brett-letter on the first page we can see the names phides-estates-overseas-limited based in the offshore jurisdiction of Jersey. Phides have form with SDC and the environmental campaigner David Plumstead (above). In Feb last year Phides lost the right to build houses on Lympne Airfield in Feb 2015
This time around Phides have teamed up with the Land Owners, so says the Land Registry. d-u-k-e-kent-estates-ltd. Duke lead us back to St Andrews Investments LLP whose first Member MATRIX PROPERTY FUND MANAGEMENT (GUERNSEY) LIMITED, is as you can see based in Guernsey, which is an offshore tax jurisdiction. The second member is UBERIOR EUROPE LIMITED, based in Edinburgh Scotland.
Y16/1122/SH is for Outline planning application for a neighbourhood extension for the creation of up to 162 houses including affordable, self-build and retirement housing, up to 929 square metres Class B1 Business floorspace, allotments, recreational ground and multi-use games area, nature reserve, and associated access, parking, amenity space and landscaping |Land Rear Rhodes House Main Road Sellindge Kent
The Application Status states it is “Pending Consideration” by Sellindge Parish Council. The economic-benefits-statement mentions the Bucknell Trust, who say they have local connections, but where the trust is situated is unknown at this moment in time, so if anyone discovers, please do let us know. And the second party mentioned is our dear friend Quinn Estates Ltd. The Agent according to the application is Ben Harvey of Iceni Projects Ltd
Both Quinn Estates Limited and Quinn Wilson Estates (1) Ltd have two directors in Common, one of them being Mark William Quinn (left). Quinn Wilson Estates (1) Ltd have in the past donated £9000 to the local Folkestone & Hythe Conservative Association . Will further ‘donations to the local Conservative Association happen again? Who knows, only time will tell.
Both these developments will add 337 houses and are situated on the periphery of the Otterpool Park Development.
Will SDC Licensing & Planning Committee, give these two developments the nod? Only time will tell. Both are on our radar and we will watch their progress with interest.
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