Greenbelt to become campus building site?
9th December 2009
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I've just seen a report on the This Is Kent website that a key area of greenbelt land on the outskirts of Canterbury could have a university campus built on it.

Apparently the land was reclassified ten years ago as suitable for education use, but the then proposed expansion of Canterbury Christchurch University (which obviously didn't go ahead).

"The city council has admitted to Langton and Nackington Residents Association that the land, stretching from the Park and Ride on New Dover Road to Simon Langton Boys School, could potentially be used by the Northern Cyprus-based Girne American University which has recently set up a site on St George's Street."

I can't imagine the news will be well-met by many residents in Canterbury, especially given that it's not even for a local university - surely there must be other industrial sites in Kent that would be good for developing?

It's the age-old battle of commercialism against protection of greenfield areas (let's face it there'll be a financial gain for someone)

What say you, Canterbury? I want to hear your views - email us here at The Best Of Canterbury or feel free to comment at the bottom of this thread.


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