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College revises building plans

Mr Rosser and Mr Welfare examine the original proposals
Mr Rosser and Mr Welfare examine the original proposals

Eton College has dropped plans for a hotel and health centre after major proposals to develop farmland between Herne Bay and Whitstable were unveiled to the public. Developers working on behalf of Britain’s most famous private school say they have changed proposals to build hundreds of homes, restaurant and care home at Bodkin Farm next to the Thanet Way following feedback from villagers. Initial plans were unveiled at two exhibitions in May where residents complained the development was too big, unnessecary and would increase traffic. Taking a month to read through comments and suggestions planning agents Porta Planning say they have reduced the size of the scheme entitled Bodkin Green. Changes from the original plans include removing the 100- bed hotel and health centre and building a new primary school. Planners also say they will move the development further away from homes in Maydowns Road, Chestfield, where properties back on to Bodkin Farm. John Bowles, from the firm, wrote:

Eton College has revised its plans to build on about 8 hectars of land at Bodkin Farm
Eton College has revised its plans to build on about 8 hectars of land at Bodkin Farm

“As a result of these changes, the number of proposed dwellings has reduced to approximately 290 units. We continue to develop the masterplan and complete the technical assessments. We anticipate being in a position to submit a planning application to Canterbury City Council within the next two weeks.”

  • To view the proposals visit www.bodkingreen.co.uk

Herne Bay Gazette, June 19th 2014

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