The city council is mounting a legal challenge against the government over a decision which means the developer of an 800-unit estate need not fund a new bypass for Herne.
James Brokenshire, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, granted permission for the houses on land around Bullockstone Road and Lower Herne Road at Strode Farm.
But the while minister recognised that improvements would be necessary to Bullockstone Road off the A291 between Canterbury and Herne Bay, his decision does not require developer Hollamby Estates to pay for it.
Instead, it relies upon funding coming from another development in the town at Hillborough, but with no mechanism in place for how that could be agreed or a timescale for it.
Canterbury City Council argues that this leaves it with a development to be built, but with no means to pay for the improvement to the road serving it.
The authority is calling for a judicial review of Mr Brokenshire’s decision “on the grounds it allows a major housing development to go ahead without essential infrastructure being secured”.
Simon Thomas, the city council’s head of planning, said: “There is a key point of principle at stake here – the need for the right infrastructure to be provided when new homes are built.
“At Strode Farm, Bullockstone Road is woefully inadequate to serve 800 houses, and for the necessary improvements to that road not to be secured as part of the planning permission is simply unacceptable.
“To be clear, we are completely supportive of houses at this location. It is one of the main development sites in our Local Plan and the homes are desperately needed.
“But we have been left with no choice other than to take this action to secure the infrastructure to go with them. We are standing up for Herne village and fighting for the road improvements the area requires.”
The council has lodged papers with the High Court to seek the review.