Notcutts garden centre Maidstone rebuild rejected

Councillors have rejected proposals for an £85m out-of-town shopping centre at Newnham Court in Maidstone, Kent, which would have included a rebuilt Notcutts garden centre.

The proposal put forward by Land Securities would have seen a Waitrose supermarket and Debenhams department store developed, along with 17 other stores and several restaurants.

Maidstone councillors said the development would damage the town centre and an adjacent Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and cause stress on the local road network.

They rejected it by nine votes to three.


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