This website is opposed to the University of Kent's development proposals for Chaucer Fields


Support from Woodland Trust

Save Chaucer Fields Campaign has gained support from the Woodland Trust. We contacted their ‘Woods under Threat Team’ in November and they invited us to make an application for a Small Grant to assist in our campaign to save the trees on Chaucer Fields.
We made the application that included an explanation that 57 trees were planned to be removed along with over 500 metres of hedgerows if the development were to go ahead.
The application has been approved and the Trust has asked us to keep them informed about the progress of our campaign. The Woodland Trust is keen to follow campaigns and feature them on their website. In January, we hope that they will include Chaucer Fields in their campaign section. Visit the site to find out about other campaigns under way.
If you would like more information about the Woodland Trust and the excellent work that they do please visit their website via this link:
This endorsement by the Woodland Trust is invaluable support from a National organisation, helping with local interests.

Save Chaucer Fields Fundrasing Event Saturday 15th October 2011

Quiz photo

A successful quiz night was held on 15th October at St Dunstan's Church Hall to raise funds and for local people to get together to save chaucerfields. The event was sold out and was a great success.

University of Kent study about importance of urban plants

Read the article on the BBC News Science & Environment.

July 2011 Save Chaucer Fields newsletter: download

Thursday 7 July 2011 Approx 8.40am POSTPONED

Site inspection All Members of the Development Management Committee, Ward Members and any other Members who do not serve on the Committee or Sub-Committee, have been invited to attend the site inspection. If you wish to attend the site inspection please meet the Sub-Committee Members in the first instance at the University Road. Following the site visit, the Sub-Committee will consider the applications and if any recommendations should be made to the Development Management Committee.

9 June 2011 New video about Chaucer Fields on Youtube

22nd March 2011


The University has submitted planning permission for

  • - hotel up to 5 storeys in parts, with 150 bedrooms
  • - buildings of 3 and 4 storeys, to house 762 students
  • - remove the hedge that is over 200 years old

CA//11/00531 Land to the east of Chaucer College, University Road, Canterbury, CT2 7LJ Removal of hedgerow

CA//11/00528 Land to the east of Chaucer College, University Road, Canterbury, CT2 7LJ Erection of a new mixed use complex comprising: hotel with 150 bedrooms and conference centre; five detached buildings 3 and 4 storeys to provide 501 student bed spaces in 7 person flats; two detached buildings 4 storeys to provide 261 student bed spaces in 12 person town houses; a 2 storey hub building comprising , catering and study spaces; bin and cycle storage and associated car parking, landscaping (including removing the established trees and replanting with saplings), CCTV and signage

To see details you can either go to the Council offices in Military Road, Canterbury or log onto their web-site.

23th March 2011

Have your say meeting

We had a VERY SUCCESSFUL event on 19th March as St Dunstans Church Hall. We are extremely encouraged by the amount of support we are receiving towards our campaign to SAVE CHAUCER FIELDS (UKC southern slopes and woodland).

We must continue to keep up the pressure and build on what we have already achieved, the University of Kent must not be allowed to take over our City and should be working with Canterbury residents to create successful sustainable communites. The slopes and woodland are a very important place for residents and students. They are an area where students and residents mix together for various amenity purposes, and a fantastic essential natural environment and open space that should be saved.

Over 100 people filled out statements on the day towards a village green application. We are continuing to collect statements and evidence, with the aim of making an application towards the end of April. Please contact us and send your statement as soon as possible.

Please let others know.

We are also looking for people who can help with the planning application. If you can help please email us at

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19th March 2011

Have your say

We are seeking to preserve free access and the right to roam and use the land for amenity purposes, across the slopes, meadow and woodland for all local people, whilst protecting the Slopes from development. Village Green Status would formalise and safeguard the use of the land to allow people continued unchallenged access to a popular informal open space, as has been the case for over thirty years.

Download an evidence questionnaire in support of village green application

or come to the meeting on Saturday 19th March 1-4pm ST DUNSTAN'S CHURCH HALL

Download a poster and promote this event

18th February 2011

Student protest BALLOONS!

Students from the University of Kent joined forces with the population of Canterbury to protest against UKC's outrageous proposals to build a hotel and blocks on the greenfield site.

Hundreds of people met on Chaucer Fields on the dark and wet evening of 11 February 2011 to celebrate the open space, voice thier concerns and confirm thier solidarity against the 'fat-cat' capitalist ploys of UKC management.

300 eco-freindly hot-air balloons were launched by the crowds, creating a beautiful spectacle across the hills rising above Canterbury.

The protest was hosted by
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24 January 2011

Surveyors on Chaucer Fields
A field

Surveyors on Chaucer Fields on 24 January, two days after the ‘consultation’ with local residents.

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David Morley Architects

Read about David Morley Architects, and their work for UKC.