Plan for 115 home development in Minster submitted to Thanet council

Development plan, site in red and neighbouring sites earmarked for development (Images Gladman Developments)

An application to build up to 115 homes on arable land by Laundry Road in Minster has been submitted by Gladman Developments.

The outline application for the 115 properties includes 30% affordable housing, structural planting and landscaping, formal and informal public open space and children’s play area, sustainable urban drainage, with main vehicular access point from Foxborough Lane, according to planning documents.

The site covers an area of approximately 5 hectares and is on an arable field on the eastern edge of Minster.

When the proposals were first revealed last year a Minster action group was set up by residents opposed to the scheme.

Organiser Caroline Fleming, who is a business development manager,  says roads, schools and GPs are under enough pressure, particularly as other development has already been approved.

Planning documents for Gladman Developments state: “The site contains few landscape features of value and is largely visually contained, with most views of the site available from its immediate surroundings. Where possible, existing trees are to be retained and protected as part of the proposed development.

“While there will be some loss of hedgerow along the southern boundary to facilitate the proposed access junction into the site, new hedgerow planting is proposed along this boundary to compensate for that lost.

“A new woodland belt is also proposed along the eastern site boundary, providing a sensitive edge to the new housing area, and an appropriate transition to the countryside beyond.

“The development provides a total of 3.26 hectares of developable area for the delivery of up to 115 new homes based on an average density of 35 dwellings per hectare. The development will provide a variety of dwellings and house types, offering a mix of market and affordable homes suitable for a range of people from those seeking to buy or rent their first home to those looking for larger family homes. The proposed development allows for efficient use of land whilst also promoting a density which is appropriate to its context.”

The planning application says the site will include:

The provision of 1.65 hectares of land is dedicated to new green spaces. These green areas comprise:

The retention of key landscape features including hedgerows and trees

Informal public open space

Children’s play area

New structural landscaping, including tree, thicket, and woodland planting

A sustainable drainage attenuation basin

A 1.25ha offsite area of land will be reserved for the creation of a biodiversity enhancement area

Pedestrian and cycle routes and a new footway are planned.

Two Minster sites are allocated for development in the Thanet Local Plan: one to the south of the site beyond Foxborough Lane for up to 35 dwellings and one to northwest of the site beyond Tothill Street which had an  outline planning application for up to 214 dwellings permitted in September 2021.

Minster Parish Council is due to hold a meeting at the Village Hall, 630pm, on April 13 to discuss the Laundry Road development.

District councillor for Thanet villages, Reece Pugh, has submitted a request for the application to be called in to committee – meaning it will have to be discussed by councillors rather than an officer decision.

Keep up to date via Minster’s Future Matters here

The Gladman proposal can be seen on Thanet council’s planning portal, REF OL/TH/22/0414


  1. It looks to me as if Gladman developments want to tear up every field in Thanet and turn it into one massive housing development. The days of a Green Belt are clearly long gone. The question Minster residents may well be asking is, will TDC take notice of residents vote for a Green councillor or will they simply show a green light to the developers ?

    • TDC is obliged to take note of the Local Plan, thrust upon us as a consequence of the ridiculous actions of the UKIP and Tory administrations a few years ago.

  2. That’s really sad. More agricultural land lost when we’re heading into a crop crisis.
    The extra houses that should have gone on Manston airfield have got to go somewhere I suppose 🤷

  3. When the airport reopens I would suggest that living that close to the runway isn’t a good idea unless you like aviation and early mornings. Tothill Street isn’t the widest of roads and many are forced to park on the road already. The additional traffic will only add to the effective Give Way/One Way system on Tothill Street. Extra housing whilst desirable cannot overcome this existing problem which will only get worse.

  4. Enough is enough, got to put a stop to all this building, the builders say to thanet council we are going to put a play area in and a new road ,what about schools, doctors, and where is the extra water coming from to supply the homes, few affordable housing, affordable for who ,not the people trying to get of the council waiting list,as long as thanet council get there pound of flesh they Don’t care about anyone

    • There once was a draft Local Plan.
      It was a good Local Plan, because it limited the amount of house building in Thanet.
      But it also failed to reserve Manston for aviation only use; ie, several thousand houses could be built there.
      A pressure group called “Birchington Against the Local Plan”, lead by aviation enthusiasts, object to the Local Plan that would have limited house building.
      The then UKIP authority, aided and abetted by the tories, rejected the good Local Plan.
      So, eventually, a new Local Plan was cobbled together; one which “saved” Manston. But because it was so late, it had to use new algorithms to calculate the number of new homes permitted, and since none of this much bigger number could be built at Manston, they had to go elsewhere.
      Such as the green fields near Cliffsend and Minster.
      And Birchington.
      Oh! The irony.

  5. As submitted, the application site boundary is 275m west of Telegraph Hill Industrial Estate and 435m from Laundry Road. It borders Foxborough Lane, and the sole site access is from the under-sized and unsafe Foxborough Lane. Why does the outline planning application title this land as South of Telegraph Hill? Perhaps to confuse and/or mislead anyone who will be impacted by the additional traffic congestion and hazards resulting on Tothill Street; ie all Minster & Monkton villagers. Or is there a stalking horse planning to extend the development further East toward Laundry Rd/ Telegraph Hill that Gladman/TDC/KCC Highways have not yet revealed in public?

    • The Local Plan, which identifies areas on which TDC will permit development, is a matter of public record.

    • The elephant in the room is Climate Change.
      We’re putting vastly more energy into the atmosphere, far more water is evaporating from the oceans to fall as torrential downpours.
      Meanwhile, we exacerbate the problem by concreting over our front gardens to accommodate our cars … which are instrumental in causing the problem in the first place.
      However, it is much easier to blame Southern Water than take responsibility for our own actions.

  6. More houses and more to come, the developers just need to follow historic planning guidelines and depart from them when necessary.

    Planning guidelines can be departed from, even tdc are getting the idea now. How many new properties have been refused by tdc and that refusal reversed by the Secretary of state’s planning inspectorate.
    Can see why developers love thanet greenfields.

    Anyway the country needs new energy efficient homes and this scheme includes 30% affordable (everyone knows what affordable is by now, so no need to whingeout loud).

    Others will disagree!

    Personally i disagree with all the new housing but i have no say.

  7. No use crying about it now. This site was clearly identified in the local plan as being suitable for development.

    Once that happens it is really difficult to stop developers building houses on it.

    Next time, everyone in Thanet should take a very close interest when the local plan is consulted on as that is the time to have your say – it’s too late now.

  8. This is just getting beyond a joke now. We have had to endure develooment after development on Thanet, with no infrastructure in place. Can these developers guarantee that residents will be able to access trouble free doctors and dentists! Also can Southern Water guarantee that all residents have enough water supply. Ours is already on low pressure with added houses and people it will only get worse. Come on Thanet council think before you agree to anymore developments!!!

    • Haven’t you read the previous postings about the Local Plan?
      There’s not a great deal TDC can do about it.
      If the DCO for Manston was rejected, then quite a lot of houses could be built on brownfield Manston, rather than greenfield Minster.

  9. Gladman was brought by Barrett homes a few months back for 250million.So there’s your developer

  10. Correct for Gladman read Barratt Homes. A planning document from Gladman has the same validity as declarations of good behaviour from V.Putin and S.Lavrov.
    There will be no ‘green area’, the houses built, will be cheap and shoddy.The infrastructure nil, and the environmental resilience in the scheme a negative. As always it is about shareholder value, and bonus payments.

  11. When the DCO for the failed airfield at Manston is rejected, then developments like this won’t be required.

  12. It appears that the cost of living is rising but the so called intelligent beings in local government deem it correct to build on arable farmland and not grow produce , this is just profiteering on the land owners part ,we need to be more self sufficient in this country and not ry on importing from foreign countries , forget politics look after our own land first ,establish a working food producing land then think about politics ,I emphasise THINK first before action .STOP BUILDING ON FARMLAND ,and make it viable for farmers to make aiming, don’t tax diesel the same as highway use it doesn’t ter the so called emissions its just a dye in the same fuel we use now on roads , all this emission zone cr*p is just cr*p it won’t make any difference ,it’s just high powered industrialists trying to make .ore money by so called e vehicles , again the minority tree huggers are ruining our country . That’s all for now as I’m pooped .

    • People are posting before reading previous comments.
      There’s very little TDC can do if the proposed development fits in with the Local Plan.
      The Draft Plan was widely consulted on,: did you make your voice heard?

      • Just for clarity, the application site is not included in the adopted Local Plan. Reasons for it’s rejection after previous TDC call for sites are documented and remain unaddressed by this application.
        The Gladman Developments Planning Statement, one of the application documents, confirms the site is not included in the Local Plan.

        • Correct; not included, but as Andrew has prev hinted at, (my understanding is that) until TDC start building something approaching the number of houses HM Gov want them to, Thanet has effectively been declared “The Wild West”, and “anything goes”.
          ….or, until people stop voting this Conservative Gov back in time-and-again and instead vote in one that doesn’t want to ship half of London out to “the sticks” of the South East.

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