Canterbury Planning committee resolved to grant planning permission this week in accordance with the officer recommendation for approval subject to a S106 legal agreement and appropriate conditions. The scheme in Herne Bay involved the retention of a listed building and reinstatement of school back to dwelling. Remainder of school to be demolished for residential development comprising 18 apartments, 5 semi-detached units and 8 town houses. Concerns were raised by some members on the amount of parking provided within the site which was considered too low but it was recognised that this was a town centre location where 1.2 spaces per dwelling was considered appropriate. There was some discussion on the contemporary design approach to the corner building which received mixed views. The planning officer explained that the design approach taken was considered appropriate for the site and conservation area and conditions attached would ensure the high standard of quality. Members were aware that the school buildings were failing into a state of disrepair and that consent had already been granted for the repair works to the retained listed building. The vote cast was overwhelmingly to support the scheme (10 in favour and 1 against).