The biggest housing development ever suggested in Canterbury has tonight been given the go ahead.
Following a remarkably passive debate in the packed city council chamber, the controversial 4,000-home Mountfield Park 'garden city' in south Canterbury was given planning permission.
The approval was granted with a clear majority by nine votes to three, even though some committee members called for the application to be deferred on the grounds that it lacked crucial detail.
This means that developer Corinthian Land now has outline approval for 3,860 homes and detailed permission for 140.
The enormous garden suburb had first been shown by Corinthian in October last year, stretching from Canterbury’s southern edge as far as the village of Bridge.
Alongside thousands of contemporary homes, Mountfield Park will offer shops, sports pitches, two primary schools, office space, and a potential new site for Kent and Canterbury Hospital.
A system of roads has been drawn up, served by a park and ride scheme and with direct access to the A2 via a new interchange.
Canterbury City Council has designated sites across the district to accommodate 15,600 new homes over the next 15 years, of which Mountfield Park will be by far the largest.
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