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Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council

Question by Martin Vye to Matthew Balfour, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport

July 17, 2016 12:24 PM

"Will the Cabinet Member for Environment Highways and Waste inform the Council why KCC Highways have still not produced a workable scheme for enabling traffic to enter and leave the Thanington Park development in Canterbury, despite the fact that permission for the development was granted by Canterbury City Council in January?"

Answer

Mr Vye will know that Section 106 planning agreements which often contain the detail of these things take a great deal of time to complete. The Agreement for this site was signed on Friday 1st July 2016.

The access arrangements are that the A2 London bound off slip will be relocated south west and lengthened such that the end of the slip road will be positioned approximately 100m to the south east of Cockering Road and 190m south-east of the A28 corridor. A signal controlled junction will be provided at the end of the new slip road and this will provide access to the site and a new two-way link to the A28 corridor to the north. The link to the A28 corridor to the north will, in effect, be formed through a widening of an existing section of slip road and conversion to two-way operation.

Further vehicular access will be provided onto Cockering Road at the north boundary of the site. It is proposed that two access locations will be formed, one to the south of St. Nicholas Road and one just to the east of Strangers Lane. A new route will be formed between the two access locations on Cockering Road within the site.

Pedestrian access will be available at each of the vehicular access points described above as footways will be provided alongside each of these. The existing PROW passing north/south through the site will be retained, enhanced and formalised within the built development. In addition, a pedestrian and cycle route will be provided under the A2 by using the existing farm underpass which will be enhanced with lighting, surface treatments and better quality approaches to be more suitable for regular pedestrian use. This will provide a route between the site and the Hollow Lane/Homersham corridors. Phase 1 of the works will deliver the accesses off Cockering Road by 2019 and Phase 2 will deliver the new access point off the London bound A2 slip road by 2021, subject of course to the development being built out in accordance with the submitted phasing plan.

Mr Vye can easily ascertain these details from officers.