Quinn Estates acquires Betteshanger Business Park and Betteshanger Country Park
Pledge to complete unfinished Visitor Centre and Mining Museum and to keep Country Park open and fully operational
Quinn Estates has successfully completed the purchase of both Betteshanger Business Park and Betteshanger Country Park from representatives acting on behalf of The Hadlow Group.
It ends months of uncertainty for the former colliery site, near Deal and assures the delivery of a £40 million regeneration project left hanging in the balance after Hadlow Group was placed in educational administration by the government earlier this year.
As the new owner, Quinn Estates will be completing the unfinished construction works, including the Kent Mining Museum and Visitor Centre. The Country Park will be kept open and fully operational protecting a key social, sporting and community hub for the local area and providing the investment that the Country Park needs to thrive and fulfil its immense potential in education, sport and tourism.
The company intends to work closely with the community over the coming months, as it explores ways to further progress the opportunities of the wider site. Setting out the vision for the long-term stewardship of the wider Betteshanger Park will be a priority for the team at Quinn Estates.
The acquisition includes the country park known as Betteshanger Country Park and the land on the other side of the A256 known as Betteshanger Sustainable Parks/Betteshanger Business Park, which also includes Almond House. Collectively the land extends to 121Ha (299 acres).
Huw Evans, Managing Director, Quinn Estates, said: “We can now confirm that we have reached agreement with representatives acting on behalf of the Hadlow Group for the purchase of Betteshanger Business Park and Betteshanger Country Park.”
“We are delighted to bring to a close the uncertainty and look forward to working with local community groups, Dover District Council and other stakeholders to deliver what has been promised and to bring a new ambition and enthusiasm to an asset that I, as a local resident and regular visitor, know has huge potential.
“Our vision is to deliver a regional super hub of the highest standard with social, sporting, educational and cultural excellence at its core. Significant investment has already been put into acquiring the site along with further funds set aside to complete the construction works and to recruit additional staff, to support those who have continued to work through the uncertainty, who will independently drive forward a range of initiatives to make the park a success.”