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Church and AXA do battle in Kent over logistics development

Church and AXA do battle in Kent over logistics development

God and a logistics developer are going to battle in a Kent village.

Axa Real Estate and partner DMI Properties are embroiled in a row over a 1.7m sq ft logistics development at Sevington, near Ashford.

The dispute – which could derail the development – involves payment to mitigate what Historic England call “very serious harm” the proposals would do to Sevington’s Grade 1 listed Norman church, St Mary's (pictured).

The developers have offered a £117,000 payment to the church. However, late last week the proposal was rejected by the diocese of Canterbury, who insist a £300,000 payment be made.

The site is close to a proposed new junction 10a for the M20 motorway. The site has been associated with Amazon, although both the local council and Amazon have denied that any deals has been agreed.

A planning application was submitted to Ashford council in September 2015 and a decision is expected later this April.

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