Friday, 18 December 2015

Doubt over Dover’s Western Heights development close to ending

Protect Kent’s hopes of stopping the development of 521 houses, a retirement village and a 130-bed hotel and conference centre at Western Heights, Farthingloe in Dover could be close to coming to an end.

The Kent branch of CPRE now has only three weeks to legally challenge a judge’s decision to throw out the judicial review against Dover District Council’s granting of planning permission.

The planning committee report recommended approval on the grounds of a shortfall in the district’s housing land supply provision, despite part of it being identified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The judge threw out Protect Kent’s argument that Dover District Council acted unlawfully by acknowledging a £5 million contribution to heritage enhancements at the Napoleonic Western Heights Drop Redoubt in its decision to permit the new housing at Farthingloe, on the grounds that the two sites are 2km apart and unrelated.

The judge’s decision has been welcomed by Dover District Council with the hope developer CGI will now kick start the plans and bring them forward.

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