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Local Plan: debate delayed by Council blunder

A special meeting about the controversial draft Local Plan had to be cancelled this week because of an administrative blunder by the city council. The executive committee had been due to decide on Monday 20th May whether to put out to public consultation the document, which earmarks almost 16,000 new homes across the district. But an eagle-eyed resident spotted the …

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Local Plan – SNAFU

Canterbury City Council gaffe delays decision on draft Local Plan A decision on whether a document earmarking almost 16,000 new homes in the Canterbury district can be put out to consultation has been delayed – because of an administrative error. The document proposes 15,600 new homes on sites in Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable before 2031.   Normal   0 …

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Local Plan: Whitstable councillor says – Get Involved

Campaign groups and residents are being urged to have their say on a document that will set out plans for the town’s future development. At the first public discussion of the draft local plan on Monday, Whitstable Conservative Ashley Clark said it was vital that people got involved. The town has been earmarked for 400 new homes alongside Duncan Down, …

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Local Plan: extra NHS funds needed for population boom

A top doctor says extra NHS funding will be needed for local health services to cope with an influx of more than 15,000 new homes in the district. Dr Mark Jones, the clinical chairman for NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group, says it would need extra government cash to deal with an estimated population increase of 40,000. He was …

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Local Plan: Letters

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Local Plan: That’s too many new houses to be built

Councillor Paula Vickers and I have sat on the Local Plan steering group for the past several years as Lib Dem nominees. We fundamentally disagree to the proposal to increase the rate of house-building to 780 per annum from the recent level of around 550. Consequently some of the site allocations are unnecessary, in particular the 4,000 houses in south …

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Local Plan: Griff says – voice your opinion

TV personality and campaigner Griff Rhys Jones has fired a broadside at the new draft Local Plan, which he fears is encouraging “free-for-all development” to help solve economic problems. He was in the city yesterday (15th May) speaking as president of the campaign group Civic Voice and to launch the Canterbury Society’s alternative publication, “The Future of Our City – …

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Local Plan – Deceit, Lies and Outrage

As the Local Plan gradually works its way into the public’s awareness and (hopefully) gets increasing coverage, I’ll be flagging the more obvious spin, deceit, lies, flannel, truth-stretching and the like. 14th May 2013: thisiskent reported that “Studies commissioned by the council suggested most people’s preferred choice for more developments was Herne Bay, then larger villages, then Whitstable, with Canterbury …

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Canterbury district’s local plan discussed in public for the first time

 … and guess what – Herne Bay gets screwed. To pay for treats for Canterbury.  Canterbury City Council’s draft local plan was discussed in public for the first time last night, amid accusations one of the key sites was “undeliverable” and uncosted. At a meeting of the council’s overview committee, Lib Dem Nick Eden-Green said the proposal for 4,000 homes …

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