Canterbury City Council Cabinet Members will meet on the 11th March 2024 to decide whether to commence a 12-week Regulation 18 public consultation period, in respect of its newly published and revised Draft Local Plan to 2040.

The Council has highlighted the key differences between this draft and the last (previously consulted on between October 2022 – January 2023) as being:

  • An amendment to the Plan period from 2045 to 2040/41
  • A fall in the number of new homes by 4,149 – from 13,495 to 9,346 over the life of the plan
  • Reducing annual housing need from 1,252 to 1,149 homes per year
  • The removal of the proposed new settlement at Cooting Farm, Adisham
  • Removal of the Eastern Movement Corridor (the Eastern Bypass) in Canterbury and removal of the proposed Canterbury Circulation Plan and strategic sites to the east of Canterbury.

The following proposals have also been added/strengthened:

  • Tackling climate change and boosting biodiversity, put even more firmly at the heart of the plan
  • Supportive policies for Blean Woodland and Old Park
  • Transport strategy now focused on bus services and the promotion of walking/cycling as opposed to building additional road capacity
  • Priority for brownfield development sites such as Wincheap
  • A new freestanding settlement on land to the north of the University of Kent
  • Renewed emphasis on monitoring, compliance and enforcement

If you have an interest in the progress of the new Canterbury Local Plan and require any further information or advice, please get in touch with the Bloomfields East Kent office on 01303 814444 or info@bloomfieldsltd.co.uk and we would be delighted to assist.