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Massive Development on Our Doorsteps?

November 24, 2017 10:18 AM

Proposals have been drawn up for a planning application at Highland Court.

This massive development of around 300 acres on the parish boundaries of Bridge, Bishopsbourne and Kingston will provide 300 high value holiday
homes capable of providing 1,000 high value bed nights for the city, 150 high end retirement homes and expansion of the business and industrial areas. Much of this development will be across the Downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The development will also involve the relocation of the Canterbury Rugby and Football Clubs alongside the existing cricket ground.

Commenting on the proposals, Mike Sole said, "Whilst there may be some small aspects of the proposal that are favoured by some residents, as a package it is completely unacceptable in its size and location."

Liberal Democrats are furious that developers are seeking to push through this development that is completely at odds with the City Council's Local Plan. According to the opening paragraphs of the Canterbury Local Plan, adopted by the City Council in July this year, it "sets out a vision for the area from 2011 to 2031" and "Provides certainty for local people, developers and others about planning decisions in the area".

Does it mention building an enormous 300 acre development including 300 luxury holiday homes, business park and 150 retirement homes in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the edge of Bridge overshadowing Bishopsbourne? No, it doesn't.

Quinn Estates wouldn't go to the expense of producing such plans and holding consultations if they didn't think they had a good chance of this happening.

Whatever the objections or merits to this proposal might be it makes a mockery of the local plan, the thousands of pounds spent producing it and the years of time put into it and its consultations by the City Council and local residents.

Cllr Nick Eden-Green said, "The City Council should put local residents' minds at rest and give us the certainty promised in the Local Plan by announcing now that it will stand with local people against developers who seek to railroad their way through the planning system. If such developments are to be proposed it should be with the framework of the next local plan for decades to come otherwise the current plan isn't worth the paper it is written on."