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Objectors lose battle to stop homes

Almost 100 objections and claims of “parking anarchy” were not enough to dissuade the city council from granting permission for a new housing estate at the end of Puffin Road in Herne Bay. Developer Kitewood applied for outline permission to build 40 homes on the land which has now been approved by the planning committee. At a meeting last week, members heard a similar plan for 73 homes was refused in 2003 and again on appeal on the grounds it was designated only as a “reserve site” for housing and there was adequate alternative land supply. But planning officers said the situation had changed and recommended approval saying the “sustainable development” would contribute towards the council’s housing requirements. Objector Barry Kingsford told councillors factors had not changed since 2003 and insisted there was no reason to approve it now. Concerns were raised about access to the site at the end of a cul-de-sac which would cause traffic problems in Puffin Road. Cllr Ashley Clark said the development was far too dense and branded it “hovels for Herne Bay”. He added:

“It is too far from buses and is a recipe for parking anarchy.”

One resident predicted 160 car journeys to and from the new development a day up and down Puffin Road. Cllr Alan Baldock said:

“Access is a problem because Puffin Road is a tortuous route. The new development needs feeding from quieter roads.”

The committee asked planning officers to consult with the developer over the potential for alternative access.

Herne Bay Gazette, April 9th 2015

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