“The proposals for the Pembury site include a training academy and we are looking to form partnerships with local colleges to provide apprenticeship schemes for local young people.”
Paul added that Hendy’s existing sites and facilities are fragmented across smaller, dated operations around West Kent and rationalisation and investment in the business is necessary for its future success and growth.
“Our Mount Ephraim site, which has been identified by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council as a location for future residential redevelopment, presents us with a number of challenges due to the age and usability of the buildings,” he said. “It is no longer fit for purpose, nor does it meet the high standards expected by our customers.
“Tunbridge Wells represents the logical and preferred focal point for future growth and expansion of our business within West Kent. The Pembury site is ideal, being next to the A21 and so easily accessible from a wide area.”
The TunbridgeWells planning application is part of the group’s overall expansion plans and investment for the future.
It recently opened three new showrooms in Hampshire and has just completed the acquisition of Dorset and Wiltshire-based Westover Group, making it one of theUK’s largest dealership networks with a turnover of £1bn and 26 franchises operating from 83 outlets.