Decision on key housing development postponed – yet again

A planning committee meeting taking place in the Guildhall

The city council has once again postponed a decision on a key housing development to the west of Canterbury.

Planners are meeting on Tuesday night and had been due to arrive at a verdict on the 400-unit development on land next to Cockering Farm in Thanington.

The proposal by Quinn Estates includes nearly 40,000 sq ft of commercial space plus new roads and at least 18 hectares of open space.

But yesterday (Thursday) the council admitted that owing to a technicality relating to the consultation process it would need to be postponed.

Spokesman Rob Davies, said: “The planning application for 400 homes at Cockering Road has been withdrawn from the Planning Committee agenda for next Tuesday.

“This is because consultation has not been carried out with Chartham Parish Council and a small area of the application site crosses into their parish boundary.

“We will now seek the views of Chartham Parish Council and bring the application back to a future meeting of the planning committee.”

A previous decision on the site also had to be postponed because a report was produced for members of the planning committee before the consultation period had expired.

The proposed development sits next to another being built by Pentland Homes which has planing permission for 750 dwellings, up to 40,000 sq ft of business space, a new primary school, new nursing home, hospice, community uses and sports pitch.

Together they are key elements in the council’s housing strategy as it attempts allow for the construction of 16,000 new homes across the district in the years up to 2031.

Next week’s planning committee meeting is still going ahead when homes proposed for the Kingsmead Field are scheduled to be discussed.

The meeting takes place in the Guildhall at 6.30pm on Tuesday, August 21.


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