Irshadgul News report,
Developers hoping to develop a 4,000-home on prime farmland are inching closer to success after submitting revised proposals.
Planning for Mountfield Park, which is south of Canterbury, was delayed after several legal troubles and delays, following a High Court battle that ended with the City Council withdrawing its support for the project last October.
Developer Corinthian Lands is on the verge of securing much-needed planning permission after authority planners backed the development this week.
Officials have said that the ‘Garden City’ plan will “produce no significant environmental impact”. Critics still fear it will overcrowd neighboring streets and that the infrastructure around Canterbury is not sufficient to support such a large development.
David Kemsley, a member of the Coalition of Canterbury Residents, said: “If the plan goes ahead there will be chaos in the areas, with roads jammed. This part of the county will be filled with traffic.
He continued “the developer may have won the legal battle and they may well have won the battle to get the plans approved this time, but they certainly have not won over the hearts of the residents”.
We are concerned that this plan will be pursued solely on the basis that it complies with the local plan
Sadly the developer doesn’t care about the residents, they run a business and probably don’t live anywhere near Canterbury.
The premise of the proposal remains the same as before, but plans for a hotel and convention center on the farm have now been dropped. Garden City will still have new schools, office space, community buildings, sports facilities and a health center.
Not only that, but a portion of the sprawling site has also been earmarked for a 1,000-space park and ride facility, which will be next to the A2.
Campaigners are still concerned about the huge footprint on grade-A agricultural land, which has produced food for generations. They are afraid that people will turn back and say ‘why did we let this happen’, but by then it will be too late. Once the land is created, it will never return as agricultural land.
Councilors will meet next Thursday to consider the proposals.