New homes planned to support scientific research at East Malling

Plans to build new homes on two parcels of land owned by East Malling Trust (EMT) but no longer needed for scientific research are to be unveiled at two public exhibitions later this month.

Under the proposals, 300 homes would be built at Ditton Edge, off Kiln Barn Road, Ditton, along with 110 at Parkside, off New Road, East Malling.

If approved the developments would help support the continuation of more than a century of world-class research into top and soft fruits at East Malling by funding investment in a new science campus.

Money generated would also help fund the on-going maintenance of the Grade I listed Bradbourne House and support the operations of the 69 businesses based at NIAB EMR.

The proposals go on display to the public at the East Malling Centre, Chapman Way, East Malling on Wednesday, October 31, and at Ditton Community Centre, Kiln Barn Road, Ditton on Thursday, November 1.Both events are open between 2pm and 8pm.

Oliver Doubleday, Chairman of East MallingTrust, said: “Finding new ways of funding the essential research and scientific work undertaken on site in East Malling is central to our work here at EastMalling Trust.

“We have given very careful consideration to our proposals for the land in Ditton and East Malling and have worked with our planning team to ensure the new developments would fit in to the existing communities and are sensitive to the surrounding parkland and village centres.

“We always strive to be good neighbours and would welcome the opportunity to meet local residents to outline our proposalsand explain how they will help our vital work for many years to come.”

More details of the proposals and an opportunity to comment on them will be available via www.EMT-planningforthefuture.co.uk.