2.59 to 2.59 Ac(1.05 to 1.05 Ha)
Price on application

Land Adjoining Discovery ParkRamsgate Road, Sandwich, CT13 9ND

    Key features

    • Outline planning consent for residential development
    • Approximately 2.588 acres/1.047 ha
    • No affordable housing
    • Freehold with vacant possession
    • Unconditional or subject to Reserved Matters approval offers invited
    • Sale by informal tender

    A freehold site of approximately 2.6 acres with vacant possession and outline planning consent for residential development (no affordable housing).

    About this property

    • Discovery Park was originally the UK headquarters of Pfizer and its iconic office campus and adjacent to the subject site and has attracted a number of new occupiers in recent years. The subject site lies just to the south of Discover Park and a few hundred yards north of the old Cinque Port of Sandwich (population about 6,000). Sandwich is popular not only with residents working in the area, but also retirement and second home owners, with the coast close by, marina facilities and the well-known golf course of St George, home a few years ago to ‘the Open’. Canterbury is about 13 miles to the west, and Ramsgate about 6 miles to the north east, with a rail service to London via St Pancras varies from around 1.5-2 hours. Sandwich and Discovery Park are both bypassed by a new road, the A256, with fast links to Port of Dover as well as Thanet. The Property comprises a level site containing a number of former light industrial buildings now vacated, together with a concrete yard. There is direct road frontage to Ramsgate Road with Stonar Lake opposite. To the west and south is former farmland currently disused. The site is fenced and gated. The land extends to about 2.588 acres/1.047 ha.

    Additional information

    • The site benefits from outline planning permission as it was part of a 500 unit scheme known as St George’s Park, together with office and other commercial uses of Discovery Park. The planning permission is dated 1 September 2015 (Ref. DOV/14/00058). There is a Section 106 Agreement relating to the whole scheme requiring the provision of bus stops, junction improvements, environmental litigation and the conversion of a building within Discovery Park to a primary school; and public transport improvements.
    • The site was originally under an option to the main developer, but the option has fallen away. We have met with a Dover DC planning officer who confirms that outline planning permission is in place but clearly any development will be subject to Reserved Matters approval. A further email concedes that a fresh S106 Agreement will be required which would be pro rata’d to the main agreement. Given its previous use as a fairly unsightly industrial site, clearly the Planning Authority is keen to see a residential redevelopment which would marry well with the contemporary design of the nearby Discovery Centre.
    • In particular, in terms of the consent, the last of the Reserved Matters to be approved should be obtained from the Local Authority before the expiration of 10 years from the date of permission. It is understood that the development relating to the commercial premises was commenced some time ago so that effectively consent which initially might have expired in September 2018, is extended by a further 7 years.
    • An information pack is available within the data room. This contains a copy of the outline planning permission, a copy of the Section 106 Agreement, a copy of the demolition quotation for the buildings and the Land Registry entry and email correspondence with the Planning Authority. Please contact Lloyd King for access.