In what is being seen as a landmark decision, Canterbury City Council has granted planning permission to bring forward up to 750 homes on land near Thanington.
The joint venture between Pentland Homes, Quinn Estates and Tory Family Foundation will create a major housing development as well as a new primary school and £7m Pilgrims Hospice.
The decision is part of the council’s aim to deliver 17,000 new homes across the local authority's catchment area, which embraces Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable as part of its Local Plan process.
Approved by eight votes to four, Thanington Park includes a business park, community centre, allotments and sports pitches, plus a wildlife corridor linking the development to the nearby nature reserve. As part of the approval, the developers will have to make a contribution to the new slip-road linking the A2 and Wincheap.
Although approved back in October 2014, work is also expected to get under way on Ashford’s biggest housing development – 5,750 new homes at Chilmington Green – being brought forward by Pentland Homes, Barratt Homes, Ward Homes and Hodson Developments.
And if new Government policies to support smaller house builders achieve what they set out to do, 2016 really could be a good year for the sector.