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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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Local Plan: Council must listen to the people

The city council is preparing to kickstart the public consultation on its blueprint for the future of Canterbury – at a time when concerns about the building of thousands of new homes remains high. Members of the ruling executive meet tonight (Thursday 30th May), when they will be asked to formally begin canvassing people’s thoughts on its plan for the …

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Local Plan: Letters

Infrastructure is under threat South Canterbury infrastructure is already overloaded with the current rapid rise in house building, with many of these houses unsold. Gridlock on pot-holed roads, sewage overflows and power cuts. Once again the city council is being charmed by builders to give them precious greenfield sites to cram in maximum high-priced houses for their own high profits. …

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Local Plan: Letters

Local Plan must be community-devised I am writing as a local minister who is interested in fostering good community relations and also as an ex-policy planner concerned to see good environmental outcomes. I was very interested to receive notification of the Canterbury district preferred option local plan and I attended and spoke at the Council Overview Committee at the Guildhall …

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Local Plan: criticised for being developer-led

Residents’ groups have united in opposition to the garden city vision for Canterbury, which they claim is “seriously flawed”. They formed a non-political alliance at a joint meeting last week, where every individual group raised concerns about the process, scale and speed of proposed house-building, which includes 4,000 new homes in south Canterbury. Speakers questioned the motivation for the plan, …

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