Permission has been granted for 10 houses to be built by the old railway line in College Road, Margate.
The site is currently trees and vegetation close to Salmestone school.
Applicant DJ Investments Ltd will build one 4-bed, six 3-bed and three 2-bed homes.
The properties will front Tivoli Road and are designed to be 2.5 storey in height to match the ridge and eaves heights of the neighbouring properties.
In a design document to Thanet council it states: “It is important that the scheme while considerate to the neighbouring area, also has its own identity and style to provide a unique sense of place to not only become part of the local community but to enhance it.
“This scheme looks to provide much needed housing using high quality materials and detailing that are considerate to the local area and the environment. The materials used will, where possible, be sourced locally to support the local economy and reduce travel distances.”
A new road is proposed off Tivoli Road into the site and two. parking spaces have been provided to all dwellings including under croft private parking to plot four.
Tivoli Road is one-way so the proposed new access will be positioned to account for this. The proposals also include some improvements to the highway on Tivoli Road by removing the brick pier which formed the support for the old railway bridge.
By removing this feature can be widened and a new pedestrian path can be created.
The design document says: “Currently the public right of way thorough the site is overgrown and unlit, the route is to be re-laid as an adoptable pathway with lighting providing a much more usable public walkway. The pathway will be overlooked by the new dwellings improving security of the public route.”
Resident objections to the site include increased traffic and loss of privacy concerns. One resident said: “The one-way part of Tivoli Road is already quite dangerous during school time and would be made worse during the construction phase and after completion due to the access road.
“My other concern is that the properties will directly overlook the school and kill any privacy the school had as well as our own privacy in our gardens.”
The scheme was granted permission yesterday (September 22).