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We would like to welcome you to our Public Consultation Website for a potential development comprising a 64-bedroom care home (typically referred to as a C2 use class in planning policy) and up to 48 dwellings (known in planning policy as a C3 use class) on Land at Churchfield Farm in Sholden.

This website provides outline details of our proposals for the site and seeks views and comments from the local community to help us further shape these proposals.


Please read the relevant information and fill in the comments form provided.
You can complete this form online and submit or download a printable version and post to our office.

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We believe that Dover District has a need for both a care home to meet local social care needs, and more housing. The site represents a suitable location for a care home and housing, given its position adjacent to the edge of the village and the existing houses, shops, local facilities and transport links.

  • We consider the site suitable for a new residential care home (64-bedrooms) and would provide a much needed local social care service, as well as generating significant local employment (40 – 50 new jobs).
  • A residential development of up to 48 new homes of varying sizes, types and tenures, to cater for families, flexible retirement housing and affordable homes.

  • A residential development of up to 48 new homes of varying sizes, types and tenures, to cater for families, flexible retirement housing and affordable homes.

  • 30% of these new homes would provide affordable housing, prioritising local people.

  • A generous ribbon of open space and structure planting (approximately 60% of the site) would extend along the site’s southern and eastern boundaries, incorporating equipped and informal play areas, which the existing local community can access for recreational and leisure purposes.

  • Financial contributions directed to improving the local schools, transport, community, leisure and health facilities.


The site comprises approximately 5.8 hectares / 14.3 acres of greenfield land, which has been left unused and unmanaged for some considerable time, such that it is now largely overgrown with scrub and self-sown trees.

Our evaluation of the area and the site has identified a development area of approximately 2.4 hectares / 5.9 acres, in which the proposed care home and houses would be situated. The remaining circa 60% of the site (3.4 hectares / 8.4 acres) would comprise a generous ribbon of open space; allowing the proposals to respect views out of the Church of St. Nicholas’ graveyard, and the existing copse of trees in the north east of the site, which are noted for their screening value, as well as providing a physical and visual break between Sholden and Deal.

The site would be accessed via a new priority junction from Vicarage Lane to the west of the site. A secondary/emergency access would also be provided to the north of the site via The Street.

The development proposals provide an opportunity to significantly increase the ecological diversity and value of the site.

Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) will be provided at the site in the form of attenuation basins and other source control features. This SuDS strategy would ensure there is no increase in flood risk elsewhere as a result of the development.

The proposed development area would be predominantly within the area classified as grade 5 (the lowest grade) of agricultural land.

There are no direct planning policy designations for the site, except for its status as being part of the countryside (i.e. beyond the settlement boundary). The Council’s Core Strategy, which identifies broad areas for urban extensions in Sholden and Deal, includes this site.


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This consultation provides the local community with their first opportunity to comment on and help shape these development proposals.  This will be an outline planning application for a 64-bedroom care home and up to 48 dwellings, so the key questions at this stage are:

  • Is the site an acceptable location for a care home and housing?

  • If so, can the site accommodate a care home and the number of houses being proposed?


Your comments and suggestions will be taken into account whilst we are preparing our planning application submission. All comments and feedback received from this public consultation exercise will be relayed to the Local Planning Authority (Dover District Council) as part of the planning application.

Once a planning application has been submitted you will also be able to make further representations to Dover District Council who will take these into account before making their decision on the planning application.


Comments on the proposals can no longer be made.

Comments on these proposals closed on Friday 22nd September 2017.  We will only consider comments received up to this date, however, there will be further opportunities to comment during the planning application process itself.

Greenlight Developments Limited
Office 14, Greenbox
Westonhall Road
Stoke Prior

B60 4AL

Tel: +44 (0)1905 622 395