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Aspiration to create ‘future-ready’ neighbourhood of around 1,500 homes near Margate

An aspiration to create a new neighbourhood near Margate, on a site ear-marked by Thanet District Council for residential development, has been shared with the public through the ‘Humber’s Mill’ website.

Approximately 1,500 homes, a two-form entry primary school, cafes, and small shops could all form part of the Humber's Mill development which would be located on a 67-hectare site to the west of Nash Road, and close to Westwood Cross Shopping Centre.

Developer Axis Land Partnerships says they are encouraging local people to explore the proposal for Humber's Mill in readiness for a community consultation, which will launch later this month, to help shape their evolving plans for the development.

Jon Knight, senior project manager at Axis Land Partnerships, says: “We want our plans for Humber's Mill to reflect the needs and aspirations of existing residents, and potential new residents, so that the development can deliver maximum benefit to the community.

“Our online community consultation will start in just a few weeks and we are looking forward to hearing from anyone with views about what they already like about the area, what could be improved, and what they would like to see in a new neighbourhood. Community feedback will help shape our proposals for Humber's Mill as we prepare to submit an outline planning application for the site next year.”

The proposal for Humber's Mill provides around 11 hectares of green, open space. Features being considered for the new neighbourhood include tranquil gardens, adventure playgrounds, walking trails, sports and leisure spaces, and a central village green.

Jon Knight says, “Our aspiration is for Humber's Mill to be a neighbourhood that brings people of all ages and backgrounds together in an attractive place that provides key community facilities, including a new primary school, as well as plenty of green and recreational space.

“Importantly, Humber's Mill would also be 'future-ready'. We aim to equip all homes with super-fast broadband supporting the shift towards homeworking, and reducing the need to travel - in line with government and local connectivity goals. Cycle paths and new links to public transport would offer sustainable travel options, while electric vehicle charging points would be available across the site.”

You can view for more details about the proposed development by exploring this website, or you can get in touch with the project team by emailing westwood@social.co.uk.