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Frequently asked questions

We’ve brought together answers to some of the questions people have been asking about Humber's Mill. If you have any other questions, please contact us.


When a council prepares a new Local Plan, they are required to identify specific sites for specific purposes, such as housing or employment development. These are usually referred to as 'allocations’. Humber's Mill is an allocated Strategic Housing Site in the Thanet District Local Plan.

Our vision is for Humber's Mill to be a sustainable neighbourhood, in the heart of the Isle of Thanet, of approximately 1,500 high-quality homes. The site’s masterplan includes a new two-form entry primary school and small-scale retail provision.

These proposals are being put forward by Axis Land Partnerships. We work with local communities to gain the best outcomes for local places. We strive to create places where people want to live. As a family business, we care for, and depend on, each other and this collaborative and respectful approach is the foundation of our business culture.

Our proposals for the site will deliver approximately 1,500 homes, helping to address the undersupply of housing in Thanet. Humber's Mill has the potential to deliver a range of much needed house types – from detached homes to flats and retirement properties – as well as up to 30% affordable housing.

Humber's Mill also constitutes a considerable investment in an area which is one of the most deprived in the region. Creating this new community will create local jobs during the construction phase, while a new school, community facilities and new quality housing will help attract new people to the area, contributing to the local economy.

Furthermore, the site will boost the area’s connectivity with the wider region. It will create linkages to new and existing public transport, including bus and rail services as well as highway improvements. New cycle paths will be built that connect different areas of the site and provide new and safe links to the surrounding area.

The Council is required to deliver 17,140 homes which is an average of 857 per year during its new Local Plan which establishes housing and employment growth requirements for the period up to 2031. But only 308 homes have, on average, been built in the Thanet District over the last three years. The local council has identified the site where Humber’s Mill is based as suitable for helping to meet the area’s acute housing need.

A new two-form entry primary school and small-scale retail is part of the masterplan for Humber's Mill. There is existing good local access to a doctors’ surgery, local parks, and playgrounds. This access could be further improved through new community facilities, including new open space and recreation grounds as part of the proposed scheme.

The site will create linkages to new and existing public transport, including bus and rail services; and highway improvements. New cycle paths will be built that connect different areas of the site and provide new and safe links to the surrounding area.

We are preparing an outline planning consent application for Humber's Mill. Outline planning applications seek to establish whether the scale and nature of a proposed development would be acceptable to the local planning authority. If our outline planning application is approved, a more detailed proposal will be prepared and put forward.

At present, we are preparing an application for outline planning consent. Please see the answer above for more detail.

Thanet District Council is the planning authority for the site at Humber's Mill.