Plans for new homes and business space at Cockering Farm approved by council

Quinn Estates has been given the go-ahead to build up to 400 homes on the city’s outskirts.

At a planning committee meeting this week, councillors approved an outline application for the new homes, as well as 3,700sq m of business space, which will be based on land off Cockering Road in Thanington.

Cllr Ashley Clark said: “What really stands out about this is that there is more open space than built-up space. The distribution in the residential area is 9.5 houses per acre. This committee in the past has put forward plans of up to 18 per acre. It is a very, very good standard.

“People need living space and gardens and that’s there. You’ve also got allotments here. And thirty per cent of this housing will be affordable.

“This in my opinion is what planning should be.

“At the end of the day, the final judgment is how many of us would be happy to live there. Some of these things that I see are absolutely horrific – I wouldn’t want to live there and would end up with depression and all sorts of things.

“But looking at this, it gives open space, and it caters for the physical and mental wellbeing of the future citizens of Canterbury.”

Cllr Rosemary Doyle added her support for the plans.

“All in all, I think this is a good development on a site that has been allocated in the Local Plan,” she said.

Mark Quinn said: “My company has a track record of building and delivering exactly what we say we will.

“This will be a bustling new community and an attractive place to live and work.”