To implement the Council’s vision for the area, there will need to be a significant increase above the historic level of development in the area, both housing and employment space. There will also need to be a significant additional provision of open space of various types, proportionate to the level of other new development. [Draft Local Plan 1.51]
The housing estates proposed for Herne Bay eat up open space, they do not produce it.
There is not enough amenity green space provision now in Reculver, Heron and West Bay wards. A much bigger Herne Bay population will make this worse. The Council recognises that we don’t have enough playing fields or allotments now. [Draft Local Plan 11.30]
“Everyone should have access to a space where children can play within 300 metres of their home (this includes amenity open space).” [Draft Local Plan 11.32]
This is not being achieved everywhere in Herne Bay now.
“Historically, some development has occurred outside the urban areas, that has led to the gradual erosion of the open countryside and coalescence between built up areas. The City Council is concerned that this gradual coalescence between existing built up areas not only harms the character of the open countryside, but is having an adverse impact on the setting and special character of villages.” [Draft Local Plan 11.53]
The four biggest housing development sites of the five being proposed join Herne Bay to Herne village. In the east, Herne Bay will go south from the sea, through Hillborough, Broomfield and Hunters Forstal to Herne. In the west the town will stretch south from Hampton, through Greenhill to Herne.