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Members unanimously vote in favour of 124 bed hotel on Margate’s seafront

Members unanimously vote in favour of 124 bed hotel on Margate’s seafront

21st February 2019

Nexus Planning is delighted to announce that Thanet District Council Planning Committee have unanimously voted in favour of Margate Estates’ planning application for a 124 bed hotel, over 6 storeys, on Margate’s seafront. The proposal, designed by Perkins + Will, is for a hotel with associated restaurant and bar, gymnasium, meeting spaces, retail unit and exciting rooftop bar. The proposal involves the demolition of two existing buildings, and incorporates a site on the seafront that has been vacant for more than 15 years. The proposal would repair the ‘gap’ in the seafront, and continue the existing regency terrace, with a contemporary glazed, ‘glass-box’ design for the upper floors.

The application had been recommended for refusal by the Council’s planning officers, on the basis that the proposal would cause harm to the Margate Seafront Conservation Area and the setting of the Grade II* listed Dreamland Cinema building. However, the public benefits of the proposal, including the expected creation of 62 permanent jobs at the hotel, together with more than 200 construction jobs, were found by Councillors to outweigh any perceived harm to heritage assets. In addition to the employment opportunities, other public benefits include repairing the ‘gap’ in the seafront, the provision of desperately needed hotel accommodation to enable more economic activity all year round, a publically accessible rooftop bar meeting all modern accessibility requirements, and important highways improvements.

The economic benefits of the proposal were modelled using Nexus Planning’s in-house socio-economic capabilities, which proved to be a very important tool in illustrating the short, medium and long term benefits of this proposal.

Nexus Planning worked with political consultants Forty Shillings, to launch a positive campaign to the public and to Councillors prior to the Committee. The campaign resulted in more than 400 local residents supporting the scheme, and Councillors voted unanimously in support of the new Hotel. The proposed development will form an important catalyst for the creative and cultural regeneration of this Great British seaside town.