Farmland poised to make way for 100s of new homes

Houses under construction (stock image)

City council planners are set to approve plans to build up to 400 homes on agricultural land in Thanington.

Developer Quinn Estates has applied to build a mixture of housing types including affordable homes on land on and next to Cockering Farm.

Also in the application is land available for commercial use, a community building or leisure centre, a network of roads within the development, footpaths and cycle routes and access to Milton Manor Road and Cockering Road.

The application will come before Canterbury City Council’s planning committee on Tuesday.

During the consultation phase, the proposed development provoked 26 letters of objection.

Concerns included increased traffic, loss of farmland, the impact on the ecology of the area and a lack of infrastructure. There were also 27 letters of support.

In its representation, the The Canterbury Society said: “This proposal has profound implications in terms of the traffic which is likely to be generated by the development and [we] suggest that approval of the proposal should be linked to a commitment by the developers to support, and partly fund, initiatives to encourage changes in travel patterns across the city.”

The council’s planning department is recommending that the committee approve the scheme subject to conditions being met.

Its report to councillors states: “There is identified harm to heritage significance, relating to the loss of rural setting to a nearby listed building and in longer views of the World Heritage Site.

“This harm is considered to be less than substantial and is outweighed by the substantial public benefits that will arise from the proposed development including the delivery of housing and significant economic benefits arising from the development.

“Given the assessment above, it considered that, on balance, it is recommended that planning permission be granted subject to suitable safeguarding conditions and a legal agreement to secure the delivery of the community and highway infrastructure.”

The meeting of the city council’s planning department takes place at the Guildhall starting at 6.30pm on Tuesday. It is open to the public.


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