Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The Royal Sands of Ramsgate

Work is set to start on a major leisure and retail development in Ramsgate, following the finalisation of a legal agreement.

The Royal Sands development, which will feature a quality hotel, retailing and housing, will be built on the former Pleasurama site on the town's seafront. The development agreement between Thanet Council, owners of the site and SFP Ventures (UK) Ltd. will see the leasehold being passed to the developers. The agreement also ensures that the hotel will be built and controls how the site will be developed, with different parts of the project due to be delivered by particular dates.

Council Leader, Cllr. Sandy Ezekiel, said: "This is a major step forward for Ramsgate and the whole Ramsgate Renaissance project, which will see the creation of a world class marina. The signing of this agreement gives us a quality hotel in an exceptional site on the town's seafront, along with new retailing and housing, which will increase what's on offer for both residents and visitors to Ramsgate.

This development is set to bring major benefits to the local economy, helping to bring more people into the town to live, work and visit.

Let's not forget that Ramsgate is regularly highlighted in the national press as the place to buy property and that can only be good news for the town, bringing in more inward investment and supporting local businesses."

He added: "This agreement has taken a long time to secure, but we had to ensure that we got it right before work started on the site. Having done that, we can now ensure that Ramsgate will get a new high quality hotel, which will provide much needed facilities for both visitors and local businesses. The Council has got the best value for money for taxpayers and we will get a quality development to benefit the whole area."

Work is set to start on site in spring 2007, with a projected completion date of 2010 and during this time, repairs to the cliff face by the site will be also undertaken by Thanet Council. Options for the roof treatment of the development will now be put together and presented to the Council's Planning department, who will be talking to the Eastcliff Residents' Association about the options put forward.

5 comments:

adem said...

Well they took their time didn't they??

I remember the grand plans they had when Pleasurama 'burnt down', with the whole complex to be finished by Spring 2000, and as you know it never happened. Typical.

I shall wait and see before I believe any of this work is actually going ahead.

Anonymous said...

Last w/e, I took a picture of the current site for posterity in the anticpation that something would eventually happen. With this news, hopefully it will but let's see.

As an East Cliff resident, I'll be keen to see how the development will look though and integrate into the surrounding area so as not to overwhelm it. I love our funky bandstand!

stuart said...

I thought any developer would be responsible for the cliff face renewal? That was the original plan, but now TDC will be footing the bill. Another failure shocker!

Anonymous said...

My understanding was that TDC actually owns the freehold and as a result of inactivity by J. Godden after the misfortune of his site catching fire, they took the leasehold back. I am not so sure that giving the free-hold away for a pittance as TDC has now done was such a good idea. Ramsgate has boomed in terms of property prices and we now have a development of little real interest to most Thanet people as 'outsiders' will only be able to afford the sea-front prices! Yet another valuable asset for leisue attraction for our own people and visitors has gone West!

Anonymous said...

My understanding was that TDC actually owns the freehold and as a result of inactivity by J. Godden after the misfortune of his site catching fire, they took the leasehold back. I am not so sure that giving the free-hold away for a pittance as TDC has now done was such a good idea. Ramsgate has boomed in terms of property prices and we now have a development of little real interest to most Thanet people as 'outsiders' will only be able to afford the sea-front prices! Yet another valuable asset for leisue attraction for our own people and visitors has gone West!