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Developers behind plans for a sprawling 1,500-home new "neighbourhood" are inviting people to take part in online public events.

Those who attend will be able to ask questions and find out more about the huge Thanet scheme, called Humber's Mill, which would include a primary school, cafés and shops.

An illustration of the Humber's Mill plan. Picture: Axis Land Partnerships
An illustration of the Humber's Mill plan. Picture: Axis Land Partnerships

Named after an old windmill that once sat on the site, if approved it would be built on 67 hectares – 166 acres – to the west of Nash Road, near Westwood Cross shopping centre, which has been earmarked for residential development by Thanet District Council.

Developer Axis Land Partnerships says proposals feature about 1,500 homes, a two-form entry primary school, cafés and small shops.

There would also be 54 acres – the size of 30 football pitches – of green space, including gardens, adventure playgrounds, walking trails, sports and leisure spaces and a village green.

The firm is now asking the community for feedback on the scheme and is holding two online webinars, the first on Thursday, January 20, at 6pm, and the second on Tuesday, January 25, at 7pm.

"You can learn more about the project, and ask questions about it, by joining an online webinar," a spokesman said.

A map showing the site boundaries. Picture: Axis Land Partnerships/humbersmill.co.uk
A map showing the site boundaries. Picture: Axis Land Partnerships/humbersmill.co.uk

"All the feedback we receive from this event, and our online survey, will help us to shape a masterplan proposal for Humber's Mill.

"We aim to share this more detailed proposal with the community at an in-person event, which will comply with the latest government Covid-19 advice, in early spring 2022.

"All information will also be shared online so don’t worry if you are unable to attend."

Jon Knight, senior project manager at ALP, says the firm wants its plans for Humber’s Mill to reflect the needs and aspirations of existing residents, and potential new residents, so that the development can deliver maximum benefit to the community.

“At these webinars we are keen to hear from anyone with views about what they already like about the area, what could be improved, and what they would like to see in a new neighbourhood," he said.

"Community feedback will help shape our proposals for Humber's Mill as we prepare to submit an outline planning application for the site this year.”

To register for the online event click here or for more information click here.

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