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Humber’s Mill team hosts online community information events

Community stakeholders, including local residents and councillors, attended two online information events to find out more, and give their feedback, about proposals to create Humber’s Mill - a new neighbourhood proposed for a 67-hectare site close to Westwood Cross Shopping Centre.

Community stakeholders, including local residents and councillors, attended two online information events to find out more, and give their feedback, about proposals to create Humber's Mill - a new neighbourhood proposed for a 67-hectare site close to Westwood Cross Shopping Centre.

Hosted by the Humber's Mill project team, which is led by developer Axis Land Partnerships, the two webinars set out the aspirations for Humber's Mill to be an attractive and sustainable place. The neighbourhood would include around 1,500 homes sensitively located in the existing landscape and provide easy, walkable access to local facilities and attractions. Plans for the site also include a two-form entry primary school, and potentially cafés, shops, cycle paths, and new sports and leisure spaces.

The aim of the webinar sessions, which ran on 20 and 25 January, was to encourage local people to share their views about these aspirations and say what they would like to see included in a new neighbourhood in their area. The feedback will be used to help the project team shape their evolving proposal for Humber's Mill.

The webinars started with a presentation by Jon Knight, Senior Project Manager at Axis Land Partnerships, who spoke about the site and the aim to deliver a place where people want to live and raise a family.

Mark Hodgson, Director at Savills Planning, followed with information about the planning context of Humber's Mill, explaining that proposals are currently at an early stage, with the team now preparing to submit an outline planning application later this year to Thanet District Council. Mark also talked about the site's status as an allocated site for residential development in the Council's Local Plan.

Steve Robins, Director at Mosaic Urban Design, went into more detail about how the masterplan for the project might take shape, including where the primary school might be located as part of a 'community hub'. Transport and infrastructure, including Nash Road, was covered by Jamie Narborough, Principal Consultant at i-Transport.

Eleanor Trenfield, Director at Eleanor Trenfield Landscape Architecture, discussed the approach to landscape and the site's green spaces. These are key themes for Humber's Mill which would propose 22 hectares of open space, which is double the planning requirement for the site. Ecological themes were tackled by Naomi Shepherd, Associate Ecologist at Stantec, including plans to boost the site's biodiversity level by planting a range of trees and other plants to create new, more diverse habitats for wildlife.

The team's presentation was followed by a question-and-answer session which saw a range of topics discussed, including Nash Road, affordable housing, housing types and tenures, community facilities, site access, sustainability, utilities, site drainage and lighting.

These community consultation events were held online due to uncertainty about the viability of hosting physical events when the events were being planned (in late 2021). The Humber's Mill project team plan to hold an 'in-person' public exhibition in spring 2022, where an illustrative masterplan for the site will be shared.

  • Please give your feedback here before 10 February 2022
  • Feel free to email the team at westwood@social.co.uk with any questions
  • Download the presentation slides from the webinar



Watch a recording of the webinar: