Almost 200 more student flats set to be given the nod

The former Dairy Crest site in Military Road, Canterbury

Another block of student flats in Canterbury is set to gain planning permission next week.

Developer CSQ is applying to build a 194-flat building on the former Dairy Crest site in Military Road.

The proposed building would be two and three storeys high and would be a “car free development”.

There has been opposition to the scheme in the past and the plan going before Canterbury City Council’s planning committee is a revised version of an earlier proposal.

Thirty-three letters in support of the application were sent to the council.

But it received 66 objections. People living in the square of roads behind the former dairy have raised concerns about the impact the development would have on them.

An earlier application to build 224 bedrooms was refused by the council in April 2016. It was then allowed on appeal in July of 2017.

Planning officers are recommending the new scheme is approved subject to conditions.

A report going before councillors states: “The Canterbury District Local Plan 2017 recognises an existing need for student accommodation within Canterbury, and the principle of development has been established at appeal.

“The proposed development would preserve the character and appearance of the conservation area, the setting of nearby listed buildings and the World Heritage Site, and would not be unduly prominent within the streetscene.

“It is recommended that planning permission for the proposal be granted subject to the conditions as set out and completion of the legal agreement to secure a car free development, together with necessary infrastructure contributions.”

The council’s planning committee will also be asked to decide whether the former St Mary Bredin School on the ring road at Rhodaus Town can be demolished to make way for a 146-room development.

It meets in the Guildhall at 6.30pm on Tuesday, May 1. The meeting is open to the public.


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