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Industrial estate to be flattened

PUBLISHED: 12:52 24 June 2010 | UPDATED: 11:48 23 August 2010

A WHOLE industrial estate next to an internationally-known nature reserve has been ordered to be pulled down because it does not have planning permission. The estate, at Cliffe, has been operating for an incredible seven years and now a planning inspecto

A WHOLE industrial estate next to an internationally-known nature reserve has been ordered to be pulled down because it does not have planning permission.

The estate, at Cliffe, has been operating for an incredible seven years and now a planning inspector says Thameside Terminal Depot was illegally built.

It is on a former oil storage depot in Salt Lane next to RSPB's Cliffe Pools reserve, home to thousands of migrating birds.

Robin Cooper, Medway Council's director or regeneration, said: "The owners have now got two years to close down the businesses."

"The two years is to allow those businesses to re-locate, and hopefully we can keep them in Medway so we don't want to lose local jobs."

The parish council claims planning permission was never sought or granted.

A public inquiry was held after site owner Britannia Assets appealed against more than 20 Medway Council enforcement notices.

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