IT’S years since Eton College were told that this land between Whitstable and Herne Bay would not be acceptable for a major development. However Eton College and their agents have long been determined to use the appeals process to secure their demands for our area and have also chosen to use us as an example of how to overcome the planning process and ignore the need for local acceptance. The planning committee meeting on November 11 was well attended by council members, officers and local residents. No one came to represent Eton College presumably because they do not consider any view other than their own. Their agent is quoted as saying that new homes and community facilities are immediately needed in this location but there are currently over 550 homes for sale in the Whitstable and Herne Bay areas alone. Also the suggested primary school hasn’t been accepted, it isn’t clear who will benefit from the care home and the community facilities for this enclave duplicate those that already exist nearby the proposed development is said to include acres of parks and green space but that’s what we already have and want to keep. This major development is not wanted in this location and would have an unacceptable impact on the countryside and green gap.
Herne Bay Times, December 17th 2014