Four play ar­eas in bar­racks homes plan

First phase in­cludes 171 houses and community fa­cil­i­ties

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Historical Decision - By Emma GraftonWil­liams egrafton­williams@ thek­m­group.co.uk @EM­MAMGW

House­builder Tay­lor Wim­pey has sub­mit­ted a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for the first phase of a 500home scheme at Can­ter­bury’s for­mer Howe Bar­racks.

De­tailed plans are in for the 171 homes on the 66-acre site off Lit­tle­bourne Road, with con­struc­tion set to be be­gin next spring.

Tay­lor Wim­pey, one of the UK’S big­gest hous­ing de­vel­op­ers, al­ready has out­line plan­ning per­mis­sion for 500 homes on the bar­racks land but will de­liver the scheme in three phases.

Plans for phase one, Royal Pa­rade, in­clude a mix of one, two, three and four-bed­room homes, with 26% of the prop­er­ties al­lo­cated as af­ford­able hous­ing.

The scheme in­cludes four chil­dren’s play ar­eas, a 3G sports pitch, a community or­chard, park­land and open space.

As part of the plan­ning agree­ment, the de­vel­oper will also re­tain three of the orig­i­nal build­ings – the gym­na­sium, chapel and small arms trainer – to be trans­ferred to a trust for community use.

The Min­istry of De­fence sold the land in 2015 with the pro­viso that de­vel­op­ers throw in a se­ries of community ben­e­fits.

These in­clude £1.4 mil­lion to­wards a sec­ondary school, more than £230,000 to­wards the ex­pan­sion of Pil­grims Way Pri­mary School, along with a con­tri­bu­tion to lo­cal li­braries, so­cial care and youth pro­vi­sion.

There will also be a £500,000 con­tri­bu­tion to im­prove­ment works at the junc­tion near Tour­tel Road and a new ve­hi­cle and pedes­trian ac­cess with a new link road con­nect­ing Lit­tle­bourne Road with Chaucer Road.

A Tay­lor Wim­pey spokesman said: “Should our re­served mat­ters plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion be

ap­proved by Can­ter­bury City Coun­cil, we look for­ward to start­ing works on site and de­liv­er­ing much-needed, high-qual­ity new homes, as well as pro­vid­ing sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in a wide range of lo­cal community fa­cil­i­ties for new and ex­ist­ing res­i­dents to en­joy.”

The pro­posal will be de­cided by the city coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee.

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