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Large housing scheme for golf course set to be approved

Canterbury City Council’s planning committee is being urged to approve a 102-house development on the former Herne Bay Golf Course.

The scheme is one of many planned for the district as the authority grapples with its target of 15,600 homes before 2031.

Situated next to the Thanet Way Road in the Greenhill ward, the development consists of 93 houses and nine flats.

Just over 20% of the homes are designated to be affordable.

The planning committee, which is chaired by Cllr Jenny Samper of Chestfield, meets on Tuesday night to determine the application by Redrow Homes.

Cllr Jenny Samper of Chestfield

It is being recommended to approve the scheme subject to conditions despite representations including from Herne and Broomfield Parish Council.

Concerns raised include the lack of a roundabout at the junction with Bullockstone Road and the lack of traffic calming measures within the development.

There was also a complaint that there were no electric car charging points within it.

A report by planning officer Steve Musk stated that outline planning consent had already been granted ahead of a full application to the council.

He said: “The proposed development foris in accordance with the parameters approved as part of the grant of outline planning permission.

“The details submitted of the reserved matters, namely the access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale of the development are considered to be acceptable.

“It is therefore recommended that the application is approved, subject to suitable safeguarding conditions.”

Canterbury City Council has approved its Local Plan, the district’s planning blueprint, for the years up to 2031.

It contains proposals for building homes in Hersden, Herne Bay and Sturry. There are also controversial schemes in Thanington and the 4,000-unit Mountfield Park development to the south of Canterbury.

The planning committee meets in the Guildhall at 6.30pm on Tuesday, April 3.

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