Joanne Cave

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Canterbury City Council’s Planning Committee has voted overwhelmingly in support of Canterbury Urban Extension, a hybrid planning application for a 4000 dwelling urban extension known as Mountfield Park to the south of the city. The proposals, brought forward by Kent-based developer Corinthian (Mountfield) Ltd. also make provision for 70,000 square metres of B1 floor space, two primary schools, over 80 hectares of public green space and woodland planting, new health and community services and local shops. The development will also deliver a new junction on the A2, a 1000 space park and ride, and substantial investment in sustainable transport measures.

The application was submitted by planning consultancy David Lock Associates in March this year, prior to the completion of the Local Plan examination. The Local Plan requires 16,000 new homes within the Canterbury District by 2031; Mountfield Park is the largest site allocation.

The planning consent will secure the Council’s five-year housing land supply and will deliver 30% affordable housing in line with the Council’s draft policy.

The master plan for the scheme, prepared by David Lock Associates, responds to garden city principles, as required by the Council. A review of the scheme by ATLAS drew clear conclusions that the potential to deliver on these principles at Mountfield Park is very strong.

The application includes full details for the first 140 homes. Designed by Proctor & Matthews Architects, the first phase will produce a contemporary response to the East Kent vernacular. Design South East commended both the wider master plan and the detailed design following a design review earlier this year, calling the proposals innovative, imaginative and original.