Plans for Betteshanger Sustainable Parks in Dover district, which aims to transform the former mining colliery by creating a hub for green enterprises and technologies, have been unveiled by Hadlow College.
The £40 million proposals for the 277-acre site include a laboratory for green technologies, bringing together business, education, mining heritage, sustainable energy and rural tourism.
Work will be carried out in three phases, comprising:
- Betteshanger Sustainable Business and Commerce Park – a bespoke green technologies enterprise complex - will make available 6,700m2 of low carbon buildings for companies in food security, environmental technology and green business to act as a catalyst for creating new markets, technologies and products.
- A sustainable education centre
covering environmental and countryside programmes, climate change,
sustainability, agro ecology and agronomy production in phase one, with
further opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate researchers.
- A new eco-tourism visitor destination in the Betteshanger Sustainable Energy and Mining Heritage Park, to showcase mining heritage and sustainable energy production in a landscape laboratory. The park will provide life-long learning, retail, gardens, external public spaces and events.
The £40m scheme is backed by £11m of public sector investment (of which £6m is confirmed) and £29m support from private investors (in principal subject to planning).