Yet more student flats poised to be nodded through

A total of 120 student flats have been approved for the Barretts site

A proposal to build student flats in a prominent Canterbury location is set to be waved through by planners.

The 120-bedroom scheme for the Barretts site opposite the Westgate Towers is being recommended for approval when it comes before the city council’s planning committee.

Consisting of three- and four-storey blocks, the development would front both St Peter’s Street and Pound Lane

The scheme would be car free and includes bike storage areas.

It would involve the demolition of the existing Barretts workshop and showroom, ending the firm’s presence in the centre of Canterbury which stretches back to 1902.

Barretts is planning to relocate its dealership to a £6 million Jaguar showroom and head office at Broad Oak Road.

But the application once again raises the question of the whether Canterbury needs more purpose built student flats.

Earlier this month applications for more flats at Kingsmead and on the former Dairy Crest site in Military Road were approved by the council’s planning committee.

A document going before the planning committee states that the St Peter’s Residents’ Association is against the proposal: “It comments that Canterbury has a surplus of student accommodation and refers to where Canterbury Christ Church University has recently objected to another student development site where they have considered there to be a surplus of student accommodation.”

The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England also objects.

It says the development “will detract from the historic buildings nearby, including Westgate Tower, would have an adverse effect on the Conservation Area, setting of the World Heritage Site and the development would be out of scale with its surroundings”.

The planning committee meets at the Guildhall at 6.30pm on Tuesday, May 29 to determine the application. The meeting is open to the public.


  1. Is this Christ Church again? I think that UKC weren’t allowed to build more accommodation on their own site, so are these for their students? We have a lot of families living in bedsits and inadequate housing. We are always hearing about ‘affordable’ housing but this is no good to those struggling on low pay. Maybe Canterbury City Council ought to build social housing and think of its own residents for a change.


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