Hadlow College launches £40m 121ha economic and social regeneration project

Educators, politicians, business people and miners joined to launch a Hadlow College-led £40 million 121ha economic and social regeneration project this morning in the House of Commons.

Hadlow College principal Paul Hannan at the House of Commons launch
Hadlow College principal Paul Hannan at the House of Commons launch

Betteshanger Sustainable Parks will see a technology and business park, commercial horticulture site and further and higher education facilities developed alongside a country and heritage park on a former Kent colliery site funded by a mix of private sector investment and Government grants.

It has been five years in development and has blossomed from Hadlow’s original search for a site to fill a geographical gap in its provision of land-based courses across the county.

Speaking at the launch college principal Paul Hannan said: "I’m proud to have been involved from the beginning. Both my dad and granddad were miners in county Durham. As a young lecturer I dreamt of being a college principal; I never imagined that as a son of a miner I would be involved in helping to develop a colliery."

Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke said those involved had worked tirelessly on the project.

"It is a great day for east Kent. Hadlow College will invest and create something really amazing in our community. They will create a business park that never was and make it happen."

The first phase is expected to create 1,000 jobs. For more details see this week’s issue of Horticulture Week.


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