The High Court has dismissed Canterbury City Council’s Strode Farm legal challenge

The High Court has dismissed Canterbury City Council’s legal challenge against the government over a decision, which means the developers of Strode Farm, an estate of 800 homes, need not fund a new relief road for Herne. Instead of the £4.3 million required, they only have to contribute £2.3 million.

James Brokenshire, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, granted permission for the houses on land at Strode Farm. While the minister recognised that improvements would be necessary to Bullockstone Road, off the A291 between Canterbury and Herne Bay, his decision does not require developer Hollamby Estates to pay for it.

Instead, it relies upon £2 million funding  coming from the Taylor Wimpy development at Hillborough, but with no mechanism in place for how that could be agreed or a timescale for it.

Our Parish Council is very disappointed as this jeopardises the improvements planned for Bullockstone Road. If Kent County Council can’t get the funding for the work on the road then it is unlikely to happen and all the extra traffic generated by the developments will go through Herne.

This will have a huge impact on the quality of life for our local residents.