The Canterbury Society takes a close interest in the development of housing in the city. We recognize the inevitability and need for additional homes. Canterbury is short of housing. People from outside the area want to live here and will arrive in the city in large numbers in years to come. And development is the precondition for costly upgrades to the transport system needed to relieve pressure on roads in and around the city. However, our support for new housing is qualified. As Canterbury expands, we consider it vital to preserve the city’s character, its architectural integrity and social cohesiveness, all of which are central to the quality of life for its residents, and to limit the impact on the road system. In this context, we have strong views about the numbers, location and the design of new housing, the need to create and preserve integrated neighbourhoods, and the importance of servicing new housing with clean and sustainable transport options.