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The Canterbury Local Plan is back out to consultation

February 24, 2017 11:00 AM

'It has been extensively rewritten but virtually none of the concerns raised by residents have been addressed', says Lib Dem Cllr Nick Eden-Green. 'Furthermore no councillors and no committee were involved in making these changes. The local plan steering group, which was supposed to oversee them, has been deliberately bypassed by the Conservatives in a desperate attempt to get this flawed plan back on track. It is already over a year late.

The latest version sadly makes a bad plan worse. It adds further major housing sites but does nothing to address the traffic pollution issues which were critical without yet more houses. It weakens arguments for sustainable development. It deletes plans and whole policies to provide green spaces between new and existing houses. It compromises the requirement to provide affordable housing. It removes measures to ensure energy efficient low carbon homes are built. It deletes policies on good modern design and design statements. It removes the need to provide decent living space standards. It deletes policies on waste management and recycling.

The Lib Dems have consistently criticised the local plan on the location of housing and consequent traffic congestion and pollution. However, these latest modifications remove many of the positive policies it contained on housing design, sustainability, affordability and energy efficiency.

This latest version is dumbed down, bland and toothless. Lib Dem councillors will be making representations to the planning inspector accordingly. You can see the local plan on the council website or at the library and make your comments before 24 March.'