A huge development of 650 houses in a former quarry is about to unfold.

The new houses are for the land of the former Nickolls quarry in Hythe, which is part of the new Martello Lakes subdivision.

The old Nickolls quarry has been transformed for a new housing estate. 2018 photo

Building permission for the latest addition was unanimously granted to the Folkestone and Hythe District Council (FHDC) Planning and Licensing Committee last night.

The overall building permit had already been granted previously on this site as part of a larger original building permit for 1050 housing units in 2010.

Four hundred of these homes already have detailed building permits, two hundred of which have already been built on site by builder Barratt Homes.

But due to an expired deadline condition, a new preview request for the rest of the land was submitted to allow the construction of the remaining units that had previously obtained planning permission.

In addition to the 650 new homes, the application included plans for up to 15,000 m² of offices or care, 1,150 m² of shops and restaurants and 14.02 hectares of open space.

400 houses have already been built on site
400 houses have already been built on site

Some aspects of the original app have been changed to reflect the updated scheduling policy.

Cllr David Wimble (Ind) called the updated plans “actually an improvement” on the previous diagram.

“I was on the board when this was first introduced,” he said, “and we were all very excited at the time.

“From what I can see, it’s actually an improvement over the original as well, it’s more green space and better use of space in general.”

Cllr Nicola Keen (Lab) said she hopes a bus stop will be added to the area very soon.

“There will be crushed children on the right, on the left and in the center”

“I’m rather concerned that there are no stopping at this site, as I imagine there will be a lot of kids of all ages living there.

“I would like to think there would be a bus stop there so they don’t cross a dangerous main road.

“It must be in the plan because there will be children passing right, left and center because it is a very, very fast road.”

Kate Holland, speaking on behalf of the applicants, said the buses would start running “when a certain number of people lived there and it would be profitable for the bus company to go from there”,

Planning documentation states: “The site is part of a larger site that received planning permission for redevelopment in 2010 and then approval in 2015.

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