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Huge Canterbury Development Granted Approval

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Plans to build nearly 500 student flats have been given the green light.

The development of the former council depot in Kingsmead was approved by nine votes to two and was originally intended to be leisure focused. However, now student accommodation and residential homes will make up most of the development.

Once complete the site will also feature a six-screen cinema complex with up to 900 seats, eight cafe/restaurants, for small shops and 221 parking spaces.

The scheme was approved despite the council receiving dozens of objections about the scale of the five-storey buildings and their impact on historic views.

There were also concerns the city was already saturated with student accommodation and could result in traffic and air quality issues.

Speaking after the vote, council spokesman Rob Davies said: "Tonight's decision is the culmination of many years of hard work and we are delighted this exciting project for Canterbury has overcome this important hurdle."

"It is the city's last big regeneration site and this scheme will transform a tired, run-down corner of Canterbury into a vibrant leisure and residential hub."

"It's generally the case that at planning committee, the majority of public speakers are against what's proposed, but we know from previous consultations, public feedback and social media that there is a lot of support from local residents and we look forward to the project taking shape in the months ahead."