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New homes plan for Albert Road, Deal approved

A proposal by Quinn Estates for 142 homes, a nursery, an innovation centre, retail outlet and a relief road in Albert Road, Deal was approved by planners at a meeting last week.

The plans have caused some debate due to the fact the area has been affected by flooding for the past few years, and Southern Water has stated that the current sewerage system is unable to deal with an increase in homes.

Quinn Estates has been working with Southern Water and as part of a condition of planning approval has pledged to pay for new pipe work which would mean improving the size from 450mm diameter to 1,050mm diameter.

Mark Quinn, director of Quinn Estates said: “There will be 180 construction jobs, 100 long term jobs. It brings forward a wide range of benefits and solutions to a lot of problems.

Cllr Trevor Bond said: “I know for one thing that opening up of the pipes may give a little bit of peace to the people in Albert Road, to have all that extra capacity will alleviate the flooding.”

Chairman of the planning committee, Cllr Frederick Scales said every committee member shares Cllr Bond’s frustration with Southern Water.

He said: “There’s an opportunity to actually improve the infrastructure and the foul drainage in Albert Road, if we can get this right there could be some very good community benefits.”

Other planning conditions included resolving some highway issues such as double yellow lines and signage for HGVs. Other issues raised included a lack of schools, doctors and dentists.

Funds to create this infrastructure will be part of a 106 agreement which comes back to the committee before full planning permission can be granted.

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