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Plans for supermarket and hotel approved

Swale Borough Council last night approved plans for a new supermarket and hotel at Perry Court in Faversham, Kent.

National planning consultants Pegasus Group secured the permission on behalf of Nottingham based Henry Davidson Developments (HDD) with Aldi and Premier Inn as named occupiers.

Outline permission for the wider Perry Court Development was approved in March 2017.

Scott Davidson, managing director of HDD, said: “We are delighted that councillors have approved this well-planned scheme that will bring significant economic benefits to the local area.”

“The proposed 84 bed Premier Inn is set to generate around 29 new jobs, with a target for 50% to be taken by those not in employment, education or training aged between 16 and 24. The new Aldi store will employ 50 full time equivalent employees, as well as supporting the expansion of facilities at the new Sheppey Distribution Centre which ultimately will provide 400 jobs and will broaden the retail offer in Faversham.”

“Thanks to the support and dedication of the team at Pegasus Group we now look forward to progressing this development at the soonest possible opportunity.”

The planning application, which was recommended for approval by officers, was for a new supermarket and hotel along with associated accesses, car and cycling parking, lighting, drainage, landscaping and infrastructure.

Pegasus Group project managed the application and worked closely with planning officers pre-application to deliver a comprehensive report to borough councillors.

Steve Lewis-Roberts, East Midlands Regional Director for Pegasus, said: “We are extremely pleased that HDD’s vision for this development, that will bring much needed services to the new community and the existing town, has won the support of Swale Borough Council.

During the consultation process significant design changes were made to ensure a bespoke development that is right for Perry Court, and this was reflected by the fact that were no objections from statutory consultees and that the application had the support of the local Faversham Town Council.

“It has been a rewarding project to be part of with all parties working hard to steer it towards today’s positive conclusion.”

Councillors heard that the economic benefits of the scheme would see at least a third of hotel guests would be expected to eat out locally generating in the order of 9,800 extra restaurant users per annum; would support the viability of Faversham Town Centre; and bring significant additional spending into the local area from visitors estimated at circa £1.3m per year.

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HDD announces land deal for Kent development

A supermarket, hotel and a care home are set to be developed in a multi-million pound project following exchange of contracts to purchase three plots of land in Kent by Henry Davidson Developments (HDD).

Subject to planning being obtained the development located to the South of the historic market town of Faversham, unveiled today by HDD, will include a 20,000 sq ft unit for a discount food operator, an 80-bed Hotel, and a 66-bed luxury care home for the elderly for LNT Care Developments.

The completed development will have a gross development value of around £14.7 million. Dozens of jobs for local people will be created during construction and at the new facilities once the project is completed.

HDD has exchanged contracts to acquire  the land from Hallam Land Management, part of the Henry Boot Group and Vendors FK Kemsley & Sons Ltd.; who were jointly advised by Strutt & Parker. The site is adjacent to a residential development being delivered by national house builder Barratt Homes. They are due to start building the first of 310 new homes in mid 2018.

HDD specialises in retail-led and mixed-use developments. The company recently completed major retail-led mixed-use developments at Didcot in Oxfordshire, and Newton Leys in Milton Keynes. It has also recently completed an Aldi store at Ashford, Kent, on behalf of regeneration specialist and investor U+I.

Subject to achieving planning consent, HDD hopes to start on site at Ashford Road, Faversham, in Q4 2018, with practical completion expected in late 2019, according to project director Kevin Foster.

“We are very pleased to announce that we have exchanged contracts to acquire these three plots of land from Hallam Land Management and FK Kemsley & Sons and we are looking forward to delivering important new facilities for the people of Faversham and the surrounding area.

“We are in the process of agreeing pre-lets with three highly respected companies who will provide a hotel, supermarket and care home which will give this historic market town an enormous boost alongside the new homes being built nearby. Subject to planning consent, we look forward to starting on site towards the end of the year.”

HDD record of delivery is second to none

Henry Davidson Developments (HDD) has completed the final letting at its £8.5m mixed use district centre at Newton Leys, Milton Keynes.  Cats Protection completed the letting at this popular location only weeks after HDD reached Practical Completion demonstrating again HDDs ability to deliver vibrant and thriving District Centres.

A specialist in creating mixed use developments for more than 25 years, the HDD development comprises an ASDA superstore, six shops, day nursery, care home and pub.   Working in partnership with housebuilder Taylor Wimpey the development provides community facilities for the Newton Leys area where more than 800 homes have been built.


Ambitious developer HDD bolsters Birmingham team

Development and investment specialist Simon Horan has joined a leading developer of retail led mixed-use schemes at its new Birmingham headquarters, it was announced today.

Simon has left Savills in Birmingham, where he led the residential development and investment team, to become Business Development Director at Henry Davidson Developments (HDD).

The ambitious company has recently announced three other senior appointments with development directors Alastair Robertson-Dunn and Graeme Cosgrove, and project director Kevin Foster, all joining since it opened its Birmingham office.

He said: “Henry Davidson Developments has a very strong team and a reputation for delivering high quality neighbourhood centres, working hand in hand with local authorities, national housebuilders and other key stakeholders.

“The company’s recent move into Birmingham has widened its horizons and there are a huge number of exciting opportunities we wish to pursue. My role as Business Development Director will be to use my knowledge of this very distinctive market, while utilizing my contacts at regional and national housebuilders to ensure that we are at the forefront of their thinking for the development of neighbourhood centres and other mixed use opportunities required through planning.”

He added: “Birmingham as well as the wider West Midlands is attracting major investment and HDD’s move into the city centre is a very shrewd move. Being located in the CBD of Britain’s second city is the right location to exploit these opportunities allowing us to engage efficiently with a plethora of national and regional stakeholders. The company will benefit enormously from the contacts they make in the city.”

HDD’s new business drive will focus on Birmingham and the wider West Midlands, but also locations within a two-hour drive including the Chilterns, Oxfordshire, the South West and East Midlands, as well as select conurbations to the north to include Greater Manchester.

Simon joined Savills in Birmingham in 2005. Recent projects he has been involved in include the marketing and disposal of the University of Northampton campuses pending their move to the new Waterside Campus and the sale of Yew Tree Village, a residential led scheme to the south of Droitwich providing over 500 new homes plus a new district centre. He has also been involved in negotiations surrounding the Greenbelt release which will provide up to 6,000 new homes at the Langley Sustainable Urban Extension in Sutton Coldfield. His career has also included a spell at CBRE in Birmingham where he was brought in to create a new residential development department and Hampton’s International based in the Home Counties providing development consultancy advice to major institutions.

Originally from Windsor, Simon now lives in Hereford. He is married and has three children. He gained a RICS accredited degree in Estate Management at Southampton. Interests are focused largely on sport, including skiing, coaching rugby, and still manages to play hockey periodically when time permits.