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McAslan launches Canterbury regeneration scheme

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John McAslan & Partners has unveiled its proposals to redevelop the rundown 10ha Wincheap estate on the edge of Canterbury, Kent.

The massive scheme for developer Capital & Counties has been submitted to Canterbury City Council for inclusion in its local plan.

Sitting on the south-western gateway to the historic cathedral city, the development would replace a number of shops and ageing business premises with a new mixed-use, mixed-density housing, retail and commercial quarter.

Aidan Potter, the practice's urban planning and infrastructure director, said: 'This new mixed-use quarter will be delivered through a mixture of new build, regeneration and landscaping.

'It's an important urban initiative in the continuing growth of Canterbury, and the creation of a neighbourhood of mixed urban scales on this large site, within walking distance of the historic centre, can be a springboard for further change to the urban, economic and transport structure.'

He added: 'We've delivered an urban scheme with a pattern of clear public, private and semi-private urban spaces, within which development can be phased to suit demand, and ensure a deliverable response to Canterbury's needs.'

Work is expected to start on site in 2008.

by Richard Waite

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