A heavily opposed housing scheme has been resubmitted, this time by a major developer.
Last year, land off Shooters Hill in Eythorne, Dover, was earmarked for 11 two-bedroom houses.
This plan was withdrawn on March 22 this year following 38 objecting comments from village residents compared to just three supporting.
Among the chief concerns relating to planning agent Rebus Planning Solutions’ proposal was the proximity to the village’s historic railway station.
Dover District Council’s housing development manager, Rachel Collins, also stated: “This site falls outside the village boundary. A site of this nature could be proposed as a Rural Exception site, for 100% affordable housing, with the proposed housing mix supported by a local housing needs survey.
“The application does not make it clear whether this is the intention here.
“However, since it does not propose any affordable housing or offer an explanation of how the affordable housing need will be met, I am unable to support the application.”
Now the plan has returned in the form of eight proposed self-build plots on the 1.2-acre greenfield site – a decrease of three.
Another change is that prolific developer Quinn Estates is now leading the project.
In an attached design and access statement, Milton Studio writes on behalf of the developer: “The land at the Shooters Hill site is controlled by Quinn Estates and as such it can provide certainty of future delivery.
“Quinn Estates can offer the opportunity to work in partnership with Dover District Council to deliver a coordinated and comprehensive local area regeneration at Eythorne.
“The application site does not display any of the key characteristics as identified by the Landscape Character Appraisal with the site long since severed from the larger agricultural holding by a row of non-native species trees.
“This particular feature, together with the overhead power lines crossing the site, emphasise this edge of urban character and with views into the wider countryside not possible from this part of Shooters Hill.
“In acknowledging the greenfield status of the site, it is submitted that its character is more akin to the built environment of Eythorne than that of the wider countryside setting.”
Regarding its being adjacent to the East Kent Light Railway station, the planning statement adds: “The scaled down proposal for the revised proposals will allow for a greater openness within the development and therefore can maintain key framed views of the station from the north and from the footpath.”
The new outline submission – validated on July 17 – has received two public comments, both objecting.
One, submitted by Daphne Georgiades, reads: “Access to this site opens onto Shooters Hill. Only this morning I witnessed a near accident as two vehicles narrowly avoided each other driving past the cars parked on Shooters Hill outside the houses opposite the proposed site.
“These houses have nowhere else to park. There is only room for single file traffic.
“It is always dangerous since traffic turning into Shooters Hill from Wigmore Lane have little time to determine whether or not a vehicle is approaching from the opposite direction.
“It would be even more dangerous having to be aware of vehicles coming out of this proposed site.”
This view is echoed by Sam McCarthy, who strongly opposes the development.
She writes: “This is going to make a dangerous road even more dangerous.
“If the development goes ahead it will seriously impact on the residents already living in the area as it will not be safe for them to park opposite the entrance of the proposed development.
“Where would they expect residents to park?
“The extra traffic would be a danger to everyone using the road including pedestrians.”
For more information, or to leave a comment, search 21/01153 on the DDC planning portal.
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