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New homes in Monkton proposed as developers Heyhill Land submit plans for 49 houses to Thanet council

By Matt Leclere

Developers hoping to build 49 homes on disused agricultural land in a village have revealed their designs for a new housing estate.

Proposals for the housing in Monkton were published in plans submitted to Thanet District Council earlier this month.

Council planners will now decide about whether to give the go ahead for the development which the applicants, Heyhill Land, say will provide a "mix of new homes".

Designs for a new 49-home development in Monkton. Pictures: Heyhill Land/Savills
Designs for a new 49-home development in Monkton. Pictures: Heyhill Land/Savills

Developers say more than a third of the 2.64 hectare site off Monkton Street, in the centre of the village, will be landscaped to provide "considerable open space" for residents and to fit in with the surrounding area.

Planning documents state although the site is farming land, the field lies "in a fallow state".

The public can now comment on the application for outline permission and new access arrangements until May 1.

In a statement submitted to the council, Heyhill Land say: "It is considered that the site represents a contiguous extension to the built form and settlement of Monkton and provides a good opportunity to deliver high quality new homes.

"The application seeks outline planning permission for the redevelopment of the site to provide up to 49 new homes.

"Details of the access arrangements are included for approval. All remaining matters - appearance, layout, scale and landscaping - are reserved for future consideration.

Designs for a new 49-home development in Monkton. Pictures: Heyhill Land/Savills
Designs for a new 49-home development in Monkton. Pictures: Heyhill Land/Savills

"The site has the potential to deliver a range of housing types and tenures helping to support Monkton and create a mixed and balanced community."

The housing is expected to be a mix of terraced, semi-detached and detached homes which is "reflecting existing development" in the village.

Natural England says it has no objection to the plans providing "appropriate mitigation" to protect the environment and ecology is agreed.

Kent Police has raised concerns about the suggested layout currently included in the designs as potentially "compromising security" and is worried about parking provision failing to have "natural surveillance" opportunities.

The force asks to meet with developers to make better arrangements in its comments on the plans.

But developers say further specific details relating to the appearance, layout and scale of the development will be submitted to the council at a later stage.

They add 30% of the housing will be affordable units but say the layout and position are yet to be determined.

During a consultation before plans were submitted, 14 people responded to the proposals with only two in favour of the scheme, with developers saying they have taken concerns on board and amending the plans accordingly.

The application promises the homes will be set "within an attractive landscape utilising wherever possible the existing landscaping and boundary features".

To view the full plans go to the council's planning portal and search application reference OL/TH/19/0409.

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