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

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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