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Howe Barracks, Canterbury

Howe Barracks - off Littlebourne Road - Canterbury - Kent

We are developing detailed plans for a new residential development at the former Howe Barracks site off Littlebourne Road, Canterbury.

  • Howe Barracks, Canterbury

    We are preparing proposals for a new residential development at the former Howe Barracks site off Littlebourne Road in Canterbury, after purchasing the land from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO – part of the Ministry of Defence) in April 2016.

    Outline planning permission for 500 new homes with associated infrastructure on the site was approved by Canterbury City Council in December 2015, following three sets of public consultations hosted by the DIO in 2013 and 2014.

    We are currently making detailed plans for Phase 1 of our development. This will include up to 165 high-quality homes – approximately 26% of which would be made available as affordable housing for local people in housing need – as well as the creation of a new public park and off-site highways improvements.

    In order to allow local residents and stakeholders the opportunity to find out more about our emerging proposals for Phase 1, we held a public consultation event at Canterbury Golf Club, Scotland Hills, Littlebourne Road, Canterbury, CT1 1TW, on Wednesday 5th October between 3.30pm-7.30pm. Visitors were able talk to our project team and provide their feedback.

    To view the exhibition boards displayed at the event, please click here.

    The public consultation period for this development closed on Wednesday 19th October. The comments we received from local residents and stakeholders will help us finalise the details of our scheme before we submit a reserved matters planning application for Phase 1 of our development in early 2017.

  • The development site

    The proposed development site is situated on land off Littlebourne Road in Canterbury.

    The overall site covers approximately 26.87 hectares (66.39 acres) and was formerly Howe Barracks, owned by the Ministry of Defence.

    The proposals include the demolition of all but three of the former barracks buildings and would see approximately 11.41 hectares (28.19 acres) of the overall site redeveloped. The gymnasium, chapel and small arms trainer are proposed to be retained for community use.

  • Our proposals

    Our proposals include the following key elements:

    • 500 high-quality new homes (approximately 165 properties in Phase 1)
    • A mix of property types and sizes to suit people in a range of circumstances, ranging from apartments to family-size houses
    • Approximately 26% of the first 250 new properties will be provided as affordable housing, with between 26.5% and 30% of the final 250 homes to be affordable. These will be administered by a council-approved housing association
    • Provision of new open space, including equipped play areas for children, a public park, sports pitches, allotments and a community orchard
    • New vehicle and pedestrian access to be established off Littlebourne Road
    • A road link connecting Littlebourne Road with Chaucer Road/Military Road
    • Retained buildings – the gymnasium, chapel and small arms trainer to be transferred to a community trust for community use.
  • Local contributions

    As part of the approved planning agreement, we will make a total contribution of over £2.8 million to the local community, including:

    • £733,247 towards the expansion of Pilgrims Way Primary School
    • £1,479,619 towards a new-build secondary school
    • £18,175 towards community learning
    • £28,815 towards local libraries
    • £6,336 towards youth provision
    • £27,885 towards social care
    • £500,000 towards the Chaucer Roundabout (Tourtel Junction) improvements works
    • An estimated £30,000 for bus stop improvements in Littlebourne Road
    • £10,000 towards Brymore Estate (traffic regulation order)
    • £20,295 towards public right of way improvements.
  • Development timeline

    • October 2016 – public exhibition held in Canterbury by Taylor Wimpey ahead of submitting a reserved matters planning application for Phase 1 of the site
    • April 2016 – Taylor Wimpey purchases the site from the DIO
    • December 2015 – outline planning permission for up to 500 new homes granted by Canterbury City Council
    • June 2014 – hybrid planning application for up to 500 new homes submitted by the DIO to Canterbury City Council
    • October 2013, February & March 2014 – the DIO hosts public consultations