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Plans for 145 homes near new Thanet Parkway station

Plans have been submitted to build 145 homes on open countryside near to the new Thanet Parkway station.

The scheme forms part of a two-phase build at Cliffsend, with the first - for 65 homes - already approved by Thanet District Council.

CGI of the proposed development. Picture: PRP/Monson Homes
CGI of the proposed development. Picture: PRP/Monson Homes

These latest proposals for land south of Canterbury Road West have been put forward by developer Monson Homes Ltd, involving 145 dwellings, with open space, including a play area and walking routes, and 30% affordable homes.

In documents drawn up by planning consultants Pegasus, the developer says if built it would support a "strong, vibrant and healthy" community through a range of homes and a "well-designed and safe" environment.

"The site’s location within walking distance of the services and facilities that Cliffsend offers as well as the new Thanet Parkway Station, means that these will be easily accessible for future residents and will support their health, social and cultural well-being," Pegasus said.

"Furthermore, the development proposals incorporate a number of areas of high-quality green space which will cater for all members of the community through the provision of, for example, a community growing area, a play area, seating and walking routes.

"This will ensure that areas of open space are easily accessible for future residents providing the opportunity for sport and physical activity and promoting healthy lifestyles.

An overview of the site at Cliffsend. Picture: Pegasus/Monson Homes
An overview of the site at Cliffsend. Picture: Pegasus/Monson Homes

"Accordingly, the proposed development is considered to positively contribute towards the social objective of sustainable development."

However, concerns have already been raised about the strain on existing services.

The scheme will create the need for an additional 356 new patient registrations, with the Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group stating there is currently limited capacity within existing GP premises to accommodate growth in the area

There has also been an objection submitted, relating to the use of agricultural land for new development.

The site lies on the north western edge of Cliffsend, close to the new Thanet Parkway station.

CGI of the Thanet Parkway station
CGI of the Thanet Parkway station

The contentious £34 million railway scheme, which is currently under construction, was approved last year by Kent County Council's planning committee, despite cross-party opposition from Thanet's county councillors.

Supporting members of the committee said there were no planning reasons to refuse and lauded the economic benefits for the area.

But critics question whether the development, of which £5 million of the cost will be covered by KCC, will actually help boost the economy and is even needed.

The project involves building an unmanned station on a 9.27-hectare greenfield site two miles east of Ramsgate, which will have up to six trains an hour and two platforms.

There will also be a 317-space car park and a new signalised junction to provide access for vehicles on the A299 Hengist Way.

The rail link, on the Ramsgate line, will run on two main routes from Thanet to London Charing Cross via Tonbridge and to London St Pancras via Ashford. It is expected to take 69 minutes to travel from Cliffsend to Stratford International.

Journey times to London will be cut by around three minutes on the HS1 link from Cliffsend, but passengers from existing Thanet stations will face longer travel times due to the new service.

To comment on the phase two plans go to planning.thanet.gov.uk and use planning reference F/TH/21/1671.

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