The countryside campaign group has applied for a judicial review against Dover District Council’s decision to grant planning permission in its efforts to save a Kent Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The plans comprise a 130-bed hotel and conference centre, residential units and a museum/visitor attraction at Western Heights, as well as 521 homes, a retirement village and a health facility at Farthingloe, partly within the AONB.
The planning committee report recommended approval on the grounds of a shortfall in the district’s housing land supply provision.
Protect Kent argues Dover District Council is acting unlawfully by acknowledging a £5 million contribution to heritage enhancements at the Napoleonic Western Heights in its decision to permit the new housing at Farthingloe, on the grounds that the two sites are 2km apart and unrelated.
Protect Kent has also highlighted that the planning inspector’s report concluded Dover had allocated enough land for five years’ worth of housing.