The scheme, designed by Clague Architects, is the last part of a mixed-use development that has already seen more than £4 million invested in the area, including a permanent new home for Herne Bay Hockey Club.
Karl Elliot, Managing Partner at Clague, said: “Working within the masterplan we had developed for Quinn Estates, the team maximised the green space in and around the development, while also ensuring the development had the necessary mass, volume and height to ensure a strong commercial offering at the centre of this new community.
“Securing a unanimous decision speaks volumes about not only the design of the proposed development but a confidence that it will be delivered.”
Members of Canterbury City Council’s planning committee unanimously followed officer’s recommendations and approved two applications that will result in 97 new homes, over 1,179m2 of new office space, a new public house and 372m2 of retail space.
Mark Quinn, CEO and Chairman, Quinn Estates, said: “Over the past four years, we have been delivering a vital mixed-use development that brings regeneration, new homes and some of the country’s best sporting facilities to the area.
“The site has secured nearly £9million of S106 contributions of which over £4 million has already been paid to date, delivering 172 affordable homes. All-weather sports pitches, now in place, are being used on an almost daily basis by local children and adults.
“Our willingness to go beyond what is required, not least with the Herne Bay Sports Hub, has enabled this development to deliver fantastic benefits to the local community. It is something we are immensely proud of.
“The two applications approved on Tuesday collectively complete the wider development through a range of apartments and houses, a pub/restaurant, office and retail while also retaining a level of green space over and above that required within the City’s local plan.
“The whole scheme has been designed, in collaboration with Redrow, to create what will be – once complete – an outstanding development and example of how through working collectively and providing significant community.”
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