The Wye Park project, announced last December, has been scrapped by Imperial.
In a statement issued yesterday, available at http://www.wyecampusvision.org.uk/, Deputy Rector Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz indicated that he would be recommending against any further pursuit of Wye Park and that there are "no current plans to expand research and development at Wye".
The plans would have seen land sold off for housing to pay for a large science park, with extra access roads and a motorway junction required to support it.
Residents of Wye rallied together to oppose the park, seeking to stop any building work in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty surrounding the campus. The final death blow came on Wednesday when it was left out of the Local Development Framework for the area, signalling the end of any hopes to sell land for housing.
Shelving the plans sees the loss of a potential 12,500 jobs in the Ashford area, but the preservation of the small village of Wye and its surroundings.
Wye continues to be problematic for both College and the Union. Wye has been a costly exercise for College so far, culminating in the transfer of teaching to the University of Kent and the abortive science park idea.
On the Union side Wye has spent the summer losing money, wrecking a minibus after only 20 miles and losing a rented generator at one of their events which had to be replaced. Wye Blues also lost a large amount of money, however the plans were signed off by the central Union and bad luck with ticket sales is being blamed.