The former Dairy Crest site in Military Road, Canterbury

Planners approve MORE student flats in central Canterbury

Another block of student flats in Canterbury has gained planning permission.

Developer CSQ had applied to the city council to build a 194-flat building on the former Dairy Crest site in Military Road.

The planning committee approved the scheme tonight.

A report going before councillors states: “The Canterbury District Local Plan 2017 recognises an existing need for student accommodation within Canterbury, and the principle of development has been established at appeal.

“The proposed development would preserve the character and appearance of the conservation area, the setting of nearby listed buildings and the World Heritage Site, and would not be unduly prominent within the streetscene.”

Thirty-three letters in support of the application were sent to the council.

But it received 66 objections. People living in the square of roads behind the former dairy have raised concerns about the impact the development would have on them.

An earlier application to build 224 bedrooms was refused by the council in April 2016. It was then allowed on appeal in July of 2017.

The decision was unanimous at 11-0.

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