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Masterplan for Canterbury campus at University of Kent gathers pace

PUBLISHED: 13:18 15 May 2017

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The university will continue to consult over how best to develop the site over the next 30-50 years

The University of Kent’s masterplan for its Canterbury campus has moved a step closer with publication of a key report.

The document outlines feedback received during an extensive consultation on the plans with neighbours, partners and stakeholders in the city.

A series of stages now commence, which the university says will include further consultation and opportunities for comment before a complete framework masterplan is published.

In 2016, the university published a concept masterplan that contained ideas on how best to develop the Canterbury campus over the next 30-50 years.

“The university is grateful to all those who took the time to participate in this process, which included presentations to a number of local organisations and groups as well as public exhibitions, a leaflet drop to residents and information online,” a spokesperson said.

The report, known as the consultation statement, details how the consultation was conducted, summarises the points raised in the feedback and notes a number of ways consultation can be improved in the future.

It also sets out how the feedback in the consultation statement will be used to inform the next stages of the project and includes that feedback in full.

These stages will include more definite proposals based on in-depth transportation, environmental and other studies as well as the feedback received throughout.

The university is currently liaising with Canterbury City Council to agree the precise timeline for that process, but anticipates the work could take up to 18 months to conclude.

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