Monday, 22 December 2014

Inspector calls and declares Dover Plan sound

Dover District Council’s Land Allocations Local Plan (LALP) has been given the thumbs up after planning Inspector Christopher Anstey concluded it was sound following an independent review. 

The LALP identifies housing and employment development land within the district. These sites are additional to the strategic housing allocations at Dover Waterfront, Dover Mid-Town, the former Connaught Barracks site and Whitfield Urban Expansion, as set out in the Core Strategy adopted in February 2010. 

The inspector congratulated Dover DC on its constructive engagement, which he described as: “A vital ingredient of the local plan system and the council’s endeavours in this regard are to be commended.”

Once the LALP is formally adopted it will sit alongside the council’s Core Strategy and support the area’s growth and regeneration agenda – and give confidence to the development community.

The inspector’s report and the LALP will now go before full council on 28 January 2015, but after all the hard work it’s difficult to see how it won’t be formally adopted.

Dover DC has also granted outline planning consent for mixed development of 552 new homes, a 90-apartment retirement village, a 130-room hotel along with other amenities on land encompassing Western Heights and Great Farthingloe Farm, unlocking £8m in S106 contributions.

The scheme has been criticised by CPRE Kent and will require detailed planning consent before development can get under way.

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