The Isle of Sheppey
The Isle of Sheppey is an island lying just off the North Kent Coast, separated from the mainland by the Swale Estuary. The Island is to the north of Swale. It has a population in excess of 40,000 and has a rich and varied heritage, from Saxon times, through to being a key naval base for Lord Nelson and is the birthplace of British aviation. To the north-east of the Island is the busy town and port of Sheerness, to the west is the historic town of Queenborough and to the east of the island lies the popular holiday destination of Leysdown.
Infrastructure and Transport
Sheppey is served by two bridges which include the Kingsferry bridge, which also includes a railway, and the £100 million Sheppey crossing which has vastly improved access and opened up opportunities for investment. The principle town is Sheerness and it is home to the Port of Sheerness, (one of the largest ports in the U.K.) which handles up to 2 million tonnes of cargo a year, with key commodities including vehicles, steel and forestry products. Peel Ports consulted on a masterplan in Autumn 2014 for the Port, which sets out its investment ambitions and includes plans for significant growth over the next 20 years.
Queenborough and Rushenden Regeneration Project
At Queenborough, the Queenborough and Rushenden Regeneration project aims to provide 1100 new homes alongside new commercial development, with a first phase of a retail led scheme already completed. The town is also home to Aesica, with its major pharmaceutical manufacturing plant having recently enjoyed £30m investment in a new drug production facility.
Leysdown is an established seaside resort to the east of the Isle of Sheppey and attracts many tourists each summer seeking a traditional beach holiday. The Elmley and Swale National Nature Reserves are to the south of Sheppey, and feature unique marshlands which provide opportunities for glamping and bird watching.