South Canterbury planning application
The Planning Committee has given approval for the proposed development at south Canterbury, subject to legal agreements and conditions.
The development will provide 4,000 new homes and land that will be used for employment, supporting up to 3,700 new jobs.
It will also include a range of community facilities and a new A2 junction.
The new Park and Ride scheme must be delivered before 1,600 of the homes are occupied, and the open space must be designed to last forever.
The developer will also be expected to speak to the local community before making any further applications for future phases.