Policy CP11 of the Core Strategy allocates the site to the west, north and east of Whitfield for an urban expansion comprising of at least 5,750 homes supported by:
- primary education
- primary health and social care
- utility services
- green infrastructure
- financial and professional offices
- eating and drinking establishments (use Classes A1 to A5)
The Whitfield Urban Expansion (WUE) Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) (link to pdf) was adopted in April 2011.
Outline planning permission for 1,250 homes has now been granted under Phase 1 of the WUE and the planning conditions have now been discharged. A reserved matters application for 94 dwellings (under sub phase 1a) has been approved and a number of houses are now under construction along with the A256 roundabout.
Work is also well under way on the Abbey homes development, on the land east of the Sandwich Road. Planning permission being granted for 74 dwellings, with 37 units being completed and 21 homes under construction this monitoring year.
An application for Phase 2 of the WUE, comprising 1,190 dwellings, in the areas of Parsonage Whitfield and Shepherd's Cross (areas identified in the Whitfield SPD) has been submitted but is yet to be determined.
A further application for the erection of 133 dwellings off the south side of Singledge Lane has been received within the monitoring period but has not yet been determined.
Whilst progress is now being made to deliver the Whitfield Urban Expansion, with the commencement of the general market component of Phase 1a, the timetable for the delivery of the urban expansion is some 3-4 years behind the Core Strategy Programme.
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