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4,000 Homes approved despite strong Local Objections

December 14, 2016 12:35 PM
Traffic South Canterbury Dec 2016

Lunchtime traffic in Canterbury - how much worse will it get?

Tonight the Canterbury City Council planning committee approved the application by Corinthian to build 4,000 houses on green fields on South Canterbury.

Ida Linfield, Lib Dem campaigner said "The committee heard many good and honest reasons to reject this but the majority chose to ignore them. They also ignored the valid arguments of residents' associations from all over the city, from Bekesbourne and Bridge Parish Council and from The Canterbury Society".

County Cllr Martin Vye who spoke against the plans added "This development is bound to double the number of vehicles on both the New and Old Dover roads at peak times. A lot will try to escape the traffic pressure cooker that South Canterbury will become - and make life difficult for people living in the residential streets of Barton and Spring Lane Estates. Most will end up on the ring road, making the congestion many times worse. KCC have walked away from its responsibilities by not objecting . We will not walk away and we will watch the developers like hawks to make sure they provide the green spaces, subsidised buses and affordable housing they have promised".

Local Lib Dem councillor Nick Eden-Green spoke at length against the scheme raising the many planning laws this application breached and proposed refusal but in vain.