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Lib Dem Councillor Group respond to the Canterbury and District Local Plan Revisions

January 28, 2016 6:30 PM

HersdenOn 22 January 2016 the deadline passed for responses to the Canterbury and District Local Plan Revisions. Below is a summary of the Lib Dem Councillor's response.

The group calls for:

  • The addition of small sites previously excluded in villages such as Chartham and Blean, which would serve to strengthen these communities
  • The inclusion of the major brownfield site in South Hersden
  • Removal of the Ridlands Farm and Thanington sites in deference to the garden city development at Ebbsfleet, and due to the inability to address transport issues in the area.

The group raised serious concerns about traffic and congestion, particularly in relation to the proposed Thanington site. In brief:

  • The additional burden on the A28 ring road, in particular Wincheap roundabout as a consequence of approximately 10,000 new dwellings and 3,500 halls of residence
  • Sustainable access to the Ridlands Farm site
  • Yet more traffic lights proposed for the A2/A28 junction
  • Whether enough thought has been given to the 4th slip road proposed from the A2 onto the A28. The group advocates a three stage strategy to ensure the plan is sound; a Wincheap relief road, a new junction for the relief road onto the ring road, and a new 600 capacity Park and Ride

The Lib Dem councillors examined the funding for any necessary transport infrastructure, and are seeking answers as to how it will be met. The main concern regards the gap between the developers capped contributions and the resulting shortfall-who will pay for this?

In Conclusion:

  • The Ebbsfleet garden city project has received a further £310 million boost to infrastructure developments in the chancellor's autumn statement. Due to it's proximity to London the group believes it would be a viable and sustainable community helping to take housing pressure off Canterbury and other Kent towns
    • The local plan should reflect this and therefore it is not necessary to develop the Ridlands and Thanington sites
    • The local plan should revise the overall housing numbers downwards, in view of the on-going congestion issues frequently cited