A horror in Canterbury that could make way for student accommodation put on the market for £ 700,000


A former Air Cadet base which could be demolished to make way for a new student complex has been marketed for £ 700,000.

The developers have long had ambitions to create a 45-bed facility in the former ATC center in Cossington Road, Canterbury, but plans – submitted almost two years ago – remain undecided by City Council.

The site has long been empty

Now the 0.2 acre site between Old Dover Road and New Dover Road has been put up for sale.

Any buyer will likely place their hopes in obtaining a building permit for the student apartments in what is described as a “desirable location”.

The program proposals were developed by Cossington Road Developments Ltd and filed with City Council in April 2020.

This is the third attempt to get the green light for the plan after the rejection of two previous designs.

The most recent proposals have sparked a series of complaints, with around 80 objections from neighbors and heritage groups filed against the project.

What student accommodation planned for Cossington Road should look like
What student accommodation planned for Cossington Road should look like

Westagate union leader and city councilor Dave Wilson said the plan for the old cadet base was “totally inappropriate” and should be rejected.

“This project is overwhelmingly opposed by residents,” he said.

“It is simply inappropriate to scale, and the design has significant flaws in terms of access, traffic movement, parking for bikes and cars, vehicle access and impact. on immediately neighboring properties.

“It will have a negative impact on community life and will interfere with the quiet enjoyment of their properties that residents of Cossington Road and Oaten Hill more generally appreciate. “

Other opponents question the city’s need for even more student housing, and others fear the parking problems on the narrow streets will only get worse.

Director Dave Wilson
Director Dave Wilson
Cossington Road can be difficult to cross due to parked cars
Cossington Road can be difficult to cross due to parked cars
The former Air Cadet Center at Cossington Road
The former Air Cadet Center at Cossington Road

However, the developers say the 45-bed complex will be primarily car-free.

They say the architecture of the proposed two-story block will be “deeply rooted in its historic built environment” and “enhance the neighborhood through thoughtful, modern design.”

It is understood that a decision on the application is one of many that has been delayed by long-standing concerns about water pollution in Stodmarsh Nature Reserve.


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