A public meeting is being held in Cliftonville West for people to give their views on a proposed policy to limit the number of new one bedroom flats, bedsits, and houses in multiple occupation in this area.
The area already has nearly 400 properties that can be described as HMO’s and a Crime Audit, carried out by the Thanet Community Safety Partnership, showed that Cliftonville West had the highest level of burglaries in Thanet, partially due to poor levels of security in HMO’s.
The proposals for new planning guidance are aiming to restrict the number of houses in multiple accommodation (HMO’s), along with the number of one bedroom self contained flats and bed-sits given planning permission in the future in the Renewal Area. The aim of the new policy is to try to rebalance the make up of the community in the area, which is in danger of becoming over-developed with small residential units and to ensure the area can become a viable, inclusive community where the residents can live in safety and comfort.
The public meeting will be held on Monday 30 October at 7.00 p.m. at the Winter Gardens. Focus groups are being held with local residents on Friday 6 October at 1.30 p.m. and on Monday 9 October from 6.30 p.m.
Two discussion groups are being held early in October to allow landlords in the Cliftonville West Renewal Area to give their views. The sessions are taking place at the Media Centre in Margate Old Town on Monday 2 October from 6.30 p.m. until 7.30 p.m. and on Wednesday 4 October from 2.00 p.m. until 3.30 p.m.
Cllr. Ingrid Spencer, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Housing and Community Services, said: “We hope that residents, landlords, developers and letting agents in the Cliftonville West Renewal Area will get involved in this consultation and tell us what they think of the proposals. This is all about improving the quality of life for people living in the area and it’s vital that we hear from everyone who may be affected by these proposals, whether they live in these properties, own them, are looking to let or develop them. We need to know what the community wants and then we can ensure that we deliver it.”