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Pentland’s plan for Hollow Lane: Innovation, but at what cost?

November 8, 2016 9:53 PM
Nick Eden Green profileDevelopers Pentland have had their 'modern vision' for 52 houses signed off by Canterbury City councillors.
Whilst the developer's modern scheme was criticised for deviating markedly from the original plans, it nonetheless gained approval from the planning committee by nine votes to one.
Lib Dem Cllr Nick Eden-Green, who represents Wincheap and voted against the scheme, and was quoted in the Kentish Gazette saying "It does not in any way reflect Canterbury and Canterbury suburbs, or any other part of the district I have seen…Innovative, yes it is, but innovative does not necessarily mean good, and I'm not convinced it does on this occasion."
It seems at present the tory council is determined to approve applications to meet their plan for building twice as many houses, without fully considering the impact to Canterbury's heritage and legacy.
It's also worth noting that Pentland are the developers responsible for the 750 strong housing developments in Thanington. Will this be a dress rehearsal of things to come? Your Lib Dem councillors are alone in attending hearings, meeting the inspector, influencing the local plan and most importantly representing the views of our residents.
More on the proposed Thanington development soon.