PUBLIC EXHIBITION: Hilton Hotel, Bearsted Road, Eclipse Park 2pm–8pm, Thursday 22 February

Why?

M&S has served the residents of Maidstone and surrounding area for many years and is responding to the changing retail needs and habits of the public.

 

 It would continue to sell clothing and food, and have a café from its main Week Street store opposite Fremlin Walk. This will be subject to a major refurbishment as it is an important aspect of the M&S offering to people in Maidstone and supports the town centre.

 

 In line with its national business strategy to remain competitive, M&S proposes to close its other smaller store on Week Street, (the lease expires in 2022), with the whole team remaining with Marks & Spencer and moving to either the retained store or the new store.

 

The retained Week Street store will be refurbished and re-formatted to provide a modern retail environment including food, café, mens, ladies and children’s fashion and ‘click and collect’.

Business strategy

M&S recently announced its 5-year UK store programme. This was after undertaking a detailed review of its retail portfolio in response to the changing habits of shoppers and the continued growth in internet shopping.

 

The strategy involves opening new stores, changing existing stores and when necessary closing certain stores. A large programme of new M&S Foodhalls is already under way.

 

 A small number of  new format larger stores are planned across the UK. These are the largest stores in the M&S portfolio, with each located in highly accessible locations and designed to fly the flag for the company as an ‘inspiration’ destination leading to a journey by customers from further afield.

 

 M&S decided a store on the M20 corridor was a suitable location for one of its larger sized stores and has chosen Eclipse Park because of its location and deliverability.

 

 It is anticipated by M&S that this store will draw customers to Maidstone from other towns in Kent, including Ashford, Tonbridge, Canterbury and Medway. For residents who live in and around Maidstone Borough it will mean they don’t have to go to Bluewater to shop at a larger M&S.

Jobs

The new Eclipse Park store would create in the order of 300 full-time and part-time positions when it opens.

 

Every employee at the smaller Week Street branch will be offered a position at another M&S store.

Landscaping and planting

The M&S plot benefits from a substantial embankment to the north and the verge to the east alongside the A249. Both have well-established trees, hedging and under-storey planting (the under-storey planting on the eastern verge was added to a couple of years ago). The eastern verge will be increased in width by several metres within the plot and planted with a good mix of native species shrubs, bushes and under-storey plants.

 

Within the car parking area of the plot, native species trees would be planted to include a cluster, as agreed with the landscape officer on the foodstore permission. A hedgerow would be planted along much of the boundary with the hotel site. Plants and trees would be of an established age and planted at an early stage so that their visual and ecological benefit is achieved soonest.

Sustainability

Marks & Spencer

The M&S approach to sustainability is underpinned by its commitment to Plan A, which supports the unique M&S business model, including its property portfolio, enabling it to create long-term value through the effective use of resources and relationships.

 

At the heart of Plan A are 100 commitments to tackle five big issues: climate change, waste, resources, fair partnerships and health.

 

The ecological and ethical programme is an ambitious, customer-focused plan that builds on the success of the first 10 years of Plan A and will support 1,000 communities, help 10 million people live happier, healthier lives and convert M&S into a zero-waste business.

 

How M&S delivers this through the design, construction and operation of its stores will be explained in more detail in the planning application.

 

Gallagher Group

As a Kent business and local employer, Gallagher Group is passionate about providing the highest standards in everything it does, and pays particular attention to the environment in which it operates.

 

The company strives to improve the environment in which it is proud to live and work, continually ensuring effective management of our own impact, preventing pollution and reducing any adverse consequences of the Group’s activities.

 

As one of Kent’s premier building, civil engineering, aggregates and property development companies, Gallagher has built an enviable reputation over 45 years, thanks to the efforts of its management team and 300 employees.

 

Gallagher would be able to supply a large proportion of the building materials, including Kentish Ragstone, with minimal travel to the site from its quarry at Barming, near Maidstone.

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Landscaping and planting

The M&S plot benefits from a substantial embankment to the north and the verge to the east alongside the A249. Both have well-established trees, hedging and under-storey planting (the under-storey planting on the eastern verge was added to a couple of years ago). The eastern verge will be increased in width by several metres within the plot and planted with a good mix of native species shrubs, bushes and under-storey plants.

 

Within the car parking area of the plot, native species trees would be planted to include a cluster, as agreed with the landscape officer on the foodstore permission. A hedgerow would be planted along much of the boundary with the hotel site. Plants and trees would be of an established age and planted at an early stage so that their visual and ecological benefit is achieved soonest.

Sustainability

Marks & Spencer

The M&S approach to sustainability is underpinned by its commitment to Plan A, which supports the unique M&S business model, including its property portfolio, enabling it to create long-term value through the effective use of resources and relationships.

 

At the heart of Plan A are 100 commitments to tackle five big issues: climate change, waste, resources, fair partnerships and health.

 

The ecological and ethical programme is an ambitious, customer-focused plan that builds on the success of the first 10 years of Plan A and will support 1,000 communities, help 10 million people live happier, healthier lives and convert M&S into a zero-waste business.

 

How M&S delivers this through the design, construction and operation of its stores will be explained in more detail in the planning application.

 

Gallagher Group

As a Kent business and local employer, Gallagher Group is passionate about providing the highest standards in everything it does, and pays particular attention to the environment in which it operates.

 

The company strives to improve the environment in which it is proud to live and work, continually ensuring effective management of our own impact, preventing pollution and reducing any adverse consequences of the Group’s activities.

 

As one of Kent’s premier building, civil engineering, aggregates and property development companies, Gallagher has built an enviable reputation over 45 years, thanks to the efforts of its management team and 300 employees.

 

Gallagher would be able to supply a large proportion of the building materials, including Kentish Ragstone, with minimal travel to the site from its quarry at Barming, near Maidstone.

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