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Local Plan: brilliant letter reveals Gilbey’s NIMBYism

Council leader is a Nimby himself As a footnote to a recent letter regarding the Canterbury draft Local Plan, this paper helpfully added “Nimby stands for not in my backyard”. Readers can get a fuller understanding of this term by going online to the planning applications section of the councils website, searching for CA//07/01795 and then viewing the “Associated Documents”. …

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Local Plan: it may not happen

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Local Plan: timetable

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Local Plan: CPRE don’t like it much

Proposals put builders first, not people CPRE Protect Kent are extremely worried about the innumerable negative impacts that the current draft local plan may have. We are particularly concerned that the plan has no mechanism in place either to defend or to enhance what is left of Canterbury’s cultural and historic character. Instead, problems will inevitably arise from the proposals …

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Local Plan: Gilbey calls for logic not rhetoric

Yes, I laughed too. Council leader John Gilbey has urged critics of the Local Plan to avoid rhetoric and “be logical and be practical”. In a measured speech – frequently interrupted by a lone heckler – he said Canterbury was not alone in the UK in facing the prospect of building on greenfield land. “For the last 20 or 30 …

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Local Plan: letters

MIsleading Maps The local plan is about to go out to consultation and the council has tried to put their spin on it in their official mouthpiece District Life. They have printed maps of some of the sites but just manipulated the scale to completely falsify the situation. The 4,000 homes proposed at South Canterbury appear to take up about …

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Local Plan: housing target criticised by residents in Council meeting

Critics of the city council’s vision for the Canterbury district queued up to attack the  authority. Each was given a three-minute platform in the chamber to voice their opinions on the draft Local Plan – with the issue of 15,600 new homes dominating the  agenda. Most came from south Canterbury, where up to 4,000 homes are planned for farmland and …

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Local Plan: Tories and opposition split over proposals

Canterbury City Council’s blueprint for the district has already created a split between the Tory majority and opposition members. Each Conservative on the ruling executive insists he or she will listen to public opinion and allow it to shape Canterbury’s future. The council will use its forthcoming issue of its District Life magazine to outline the Local Plan and tell …

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Local Plan: Letters

Bay is getting poor side of housing deal What is going on? Canterbury City Council wants Herne Bay to have another 2,000 new homes built. How many Herne Bay people will live in them, and what does it do for the people that live here? We have had our share of developments: Talmead, Neville Road, Barnes Way, Sea Street, Dence …

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Local Plan: Developers’ cash should stay in town

I was angered and dismayed to find that the draft Local Plan explicitly stated that developers’ contributions (once called S106, now called CIL – Community Infrastructure Levy) would flow OUT of Herne Bay. There was no mention of CIL money flowing out of Canterbury or Whitstable, and no mention of CIL money flowing IN to Herne Bay. So we were …

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