25 houses are planned for The Length in St Nicholas-at-Wade

The proposal for The Length

A planning application has been submitted to Thanet council for 25 houses at The Length in St Nicholas-at-Wade.

The applicant is the Master, Fellows and Scholars of the College of St John the Evangelist in the University of Cambridge.

The proposed site is currently agricultural land which is used as a grazing paddock for horses.

The site is to the north of The Length, close to the Grade II listed Walmer Cottage, Bramble Cottage Chalk Garden.

The proposal is for a range of two to four- bedroom properties, which are provided as semi-detached and detached houses. The dwellings will predominantly be two storeys in height.

Eight are proposed as affordable housing.

In planning documents agent Savills states:  “The Heritage Statement concludes that the proposal will result in a degree of harm to the St Nicholas-at-Wade Conservation Area and adjacent Grade II listed Walmer Cottage. However, this harm is considered to fall within the lowest realms of less than substantial harm, which should be weighed in the balance as a material consideration along with the numerous benefits offered by this proposal.”

A presentation of the plans was given to St Nicholas-at-Wade with Sarre Parish Council at a meeting with them in October 2016 to introduce and outline the proposals, followed by a public exhibition of at Manor Hall in December 2016.

A new pedestrian footpath is proposed along the northern edge of The Length to provide safe and convenient access to the village to the west and the main bus stops to the east on the A28 Canterbury Road. Access to the village to the west and the main bus stops to the east on the A28 Canterbury Road.

The planning documents state: “There will be a focus on attention to detail and quality use of sustainable materials and construction techniques, and future maintenance for all types of buildings, whether residential or employment.”

The application – ref OL/TH/17/1342 – was submitted on September 12.

A decision is yet to be made.