Huge Scheme Proposed for Canterbury

Posted by Richard Ward

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Plans have been proposed to build a new mixed-use scheme on the site of the former Secro depot in Kingsmead, Canterbury.

Representing a partnership between Linkcity and Canterbury City Council, Harrison Street and Hyde Group, the Riverside carries a gross development value of £115 million.

The project consists of 50,000 sq ft of space for retail and leisure, as well as 493 student beds and 189 new homes.

Commenting on the proposal, Linkcity's managing director, Nicolas Guerin said: "With 7.8 million tourist visits each year, three universities, 36,000 students and a shopping population of 227,000 who put the city in the top 2% of UK centres in terms of total retail spend, Canterbury is an attractive and thriving destination."

Land and planning director at the Hyde Group, Mike Finch added: "This is a fantastic location for the new homes we urgently need in the south east and with so many amenities in such close proximity, I have no doubt that they will be extremely popular."

"We are looking forward to getting started and creating a new community here which can thrive in beautiful surroundings."