Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Developers Sought for Margate

Developers are being asked to come forward with plans for a new commercial development on two major town centre sites in Margate.

The South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) and Thanet District Council (TDC) are seeking a development partner to bring forward two strategic sites extending to approximately 1.77 acres between Market Street, High Street, Queen Street and Cecil Square.

There is a possibility that the site area could be extended should a suitable proposal be put forward. Plans should complement the historic and architectural qualities of the area and maximise the opportunities offered by the emerging Creative Quarter in the adjacent Old Town.

A shortlist of developers who will be invited to make detailed proposals is expected to be announced in the course of next year, from which a preferred developer will be chosen.

14 comments:

Michael Child said...

Simon this wouldn’t be the town centre car park would it, the directions are a vague and I can’t quite work out where this site is.

DrMoores said...

You mean the existing Argos car park? I can't recall the exact dimensions without running for the plans, - it's a big area - which are not conveniently to hand.. They are filed somewhere!

Michael Child said...

Er no I don’t think Argos would allow that as a major lobbyist, I meant the one behind the lower High Street serving the small shops.

DrMoores said...

I'm not sure I can comment as I've seen the full plans and can't yet recall whether everything is in teh public domain yet.

Anonymous said...

Oops should you have even mentioned this yet in light of your evasive answers to Michael's requests? I am all for development and assume Argos will be closing down shortly anyway. What I find hilarious is the spin about 'an emerging creative quarter'; you have got to be joking Doc?

DrMoores said...

I just asked which car park he meant? draw your own conclusions?

Anonymous said...

Have done, thanks!

Michael Child said...

Simon thanks courteous and helpful reply, from my experience here in Ramsgate were we are just recovering from many of the problems that Margate has at the moment it could be that there are times when it’s best to turn investment down.

Investing in the expensive reorganisation of our main promenade, removed nearly all of our seafront car parking.

Investing in yellow lines has done incalculable damage to the town centre, this is often done in the name of health and safety, they have for instance double yellowed the dead end road behind my shop so I can no longer park my van across the garage gates, but have to park it in front of someone’s house.

And now both political parties want to invest in our schools see http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/schools/ this is the best example I know of , if you cant get investment for what local people want best perhaps to turn it down.

If you need a developer for Margate what about SFP http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/tdc/id17.htm at least they don’t appear to do much.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps you would take the opportunity to scotch rumours that The Home Office has an interest in developing the sites as a secure facility for deportees and as a reception centre for asylum seekers.

To "link up with the creative quarter" at Nayland Rock.

Anonymous said...

I heard it was earmarked as a statutory camp facility for travellers.

tdc insider said...

No no no. TDC has been asked about the General Enclosure of 1845 which commits them to the provision of allotments to the working poor.

TDC responded that Thanet has many poor but few if any workers and that the acreage provided for home veggie growing reflected the giro muching nature of the local populace.

Poles, however, are hardworking and love to grow their own veg. Hence the need for extra allotment acreage, it is argued, was identified.

Byline "Poles enabled to grow swedes"

It will be allotments

www.doverpast.co.uk said...

Surely this is referring to the area accessible from by the Wine Bar (Newbys ? - assume as I haven't been there for a while)

http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&cp=sjy930h3fkk8&style=o&lvl=2&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&scene=7601720&encType=1

Jeremy Jacobs said...

Here we go again. More plans for flats no doubt.

sue said...

I would like to know what is happening with the former Butlins site in Cliftonville. Demolished for development. Left for a bit. Different company finished demolition. Now...Up for sale???!!
Anyone?