Everyone will know about the large number of new houses planned for the Canterbury area. They have to be provided to conform to the new Canterbury and District Local Plan. Last year the Local Plan Inspector held a number of hearings to examine the Plan . We spoke at the hearing in support of the provision of the missing fourth slip road on to the A2 at Wincheap. An extended Park and Ride facility at Wincheap is part of the Plan and so the idea of one for Harbledown should be gone forever. We hope that when this road is eventually built it will cut down on some of the rat running through Rough Common and lessen the long queues of traffic on the B2050 at rush hour.
We are fortunate that large numbers of homes are not planned for our parish. However we are surrounded by fields and orchards, which may one day be at risk. It has been our policy for many years to keep a green gap between the city and us so we were dismayed to see that the number of houses planned on brownfield land at 51 Rough Common Road had been increased. We argued against the increase at the hearing but the City Council did not agree with us. Your parish councilors will be looking out for a firm planning application for this site and hoping that we will be able to keep to the original numbers. We trust we will have the support of our ward members on the City Council.
The Parish Council has always supported the application for houses on the brownfield former Wyevale site at Upper Harbledown. After many years of delay it looks as though preparations have begun to start building.