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Resurgence of plans to build nine homes at land off Marlborough Road, Deal

Up to nine homes could be built on a paddock following a long and changing history of trying to get permission to develop.

Owners of the land east of Marlborough Road in Deal, previously had permission to erect the nine homes dating back to February 2017.

But that permission expired this month after they tried and failed to get the green light to build nine more homes on adjacent land, which was knocked backbecause the council realised the two applications made up one larger scheme that didn't address social housing demands.

The landowner then amalgamated the two schemes in a bid to build 14 homes which was thrown out because of reasons relating to siting, scale and a perceived harm to the landscape.

Now planning authority Dover District Council (DDC) is being asked to consider passing the original scheme it had okayed in 2017 on expediency grounds despite rejecting it in September.

This time the homes would be spread across all portions of land.

Planning agent Emily Penkett of Plainview Planning has complained of a lack of consistency in DDC's decision making after the set back two months ago.

The site where nine homes are planned at Marlborough Road, Deal
The site where nine homes are planned at Marlborough Road, Deal

Documents submitted to the council's public planning portal this week do not detail the number of bedrooms envisaged per property but they show that the homes will have their own sustainable drainage system installed on the 69ha site.

Inadequate drainage is a theme running through seven objections listed against this application on the council's planning portal.

Existing access to the site is from a private road off Marlborough Road, which consists of a mixture of commercial, industrial and some residential properties including those at Magness Road. To the South east of the site boundary is The Conifers, a cul-de-sac of detached houses off Cross Road.

Detailed matters including access are reserved and will be revisited if the application is approved.

To overcome the policy objections listed in the application for 14 homes,the scheme will keep parcel of land to the south as public open space, a qualitative improvement that would include equipped play space, informal open space areas and opportunity for significant landscape enhancements.

At nine units, the scheme does not meet the requirements to provide affordable housing, being one home under the 10 unit threshold.

If granted permission the units will be sold at market value.

To see and comment on the application click here and search 16/00706.

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