With an internationally renowned heritage to preserve, a clogged road network and deadly levels of pollution, satisfying the government’s demand for more housing in Canterbury was never going to be an easy task. Joe Wright takes a look at how much – or little – is being done to hit those targets. “Canterbury can’t be a time capsule.”Depending on your outlook, council leader Simon Cook’s comment can frighten or excite.With a record number of major planning applications being submitted and the national need for houses increasing, Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable are going to significantly grow in size.But due to the uncertainty over plans for a new super hospital in Canterbury – which would come with an additional 2,000 homes – and the legal wrangle stifling the start of the 4,000-home Mountfield Park, the city’s inevitable growth has hit a stumbling block.Barely a brick has been laid on some of the biggest housing developments planned for decades – leaving Canterbury’s future shrouded in a curtain of doubt.The planning inspector wants 800 new homes to be built in the Canterbury district every year until 2031 but, to make matters worse for those afraid of development, recent changes to the national policy… Read full this story
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