Future of proposed largescale housing scheme remains unresolved

Small scale developments are restricted by bad rules, argues Bob Britnell

A decision on whether to grant planning permission for 750 homes on the edge of Canterbury has been postponed.

The city council’s planning committee had last night been due to determine whether the application by Quinn Estates for the houses on land on and next to Cockering Road in Thanington would be allowed to go ahead.

But the committee decided that more information about the proposal would be needed before it could make the decision.

It is likely now to come before the next committee meeting in July.

However, the committee did approve a 64-bed two- and three-storey care home on land Cockering Road.

Committee members did have concerns that there is not going to be enough parking at the home to accommodate visitors and staff.

The proposed development includes 19 independently accessible parking spaces, two disabled parking spaces, two drop off spaces and two motorcycle spaces along with a cycle store for eight bikes.

However, a planning department report presented to the committee stated: “KCC Highways and Transportation consider that the level of on site parking proposed is considered sufficient to serve the proposed development.

“They also consider that the local road network can accommodate the vehicle movements generated by the development.”

It added: “In conclusion, it is considered that there is a need for this type of accommodation within the Canterbury district, the proposal would not have an unacceptable impact on the character and appearance of the area, neighbours living conditions, highway safety, archaeology, ecology or drainage and therefore is considered to be acceptable.”

The planning committee will next meet at the Guildhall on Tuesday, July 24 when it will be expected to make a decision on the Quinn Estates application.


  1. Hi Alex,
    If you look at the comment on this app made by Strutt & Parker that was received late on, you may find the clue as to why this app. was nor heard on last Tuesday. The last date for public comments was the 22nd June, but before that date, the case officer, Austin Mackie had written his report, therefore failing to take into account any comments that may have been received within the allowed period. That is an unacceptable lack of proper democratic process.

    It seems that CCC have not acknowledged that this was the reason.

    This apparent lack of care is just one more in a long list of poor practice by the CCC Planning department. Inadequate validation of apps has led to the need to re-advertise them in many cases.

    I can get no reply about that issue from officers.

    Best wishes Nick 01227 763835


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