Redevelopment plans involving developer Freshwater and Tesco in Margate will see the demolition of a derelict public car park and shops on the Arlington site on the seafront. In December plans for the new Tesco store were submitted to Thanet Council by Freshwater. The proposals were supported by Thanet District Council’s planning committee in June, who referred them to the Department of Communities and Local Government with a recommendation to approve them.
In parallel, the Arlington site is being evaluated for listing. English Heritage wrote a report and submitted it with their recommendation to the Secretary of State for a decision. Please see an article at thisiskent, 1st March 2012.
On 12th March the planning inquiry due to start the following day into plans for Arlington House was postponed by the planning inspectorate. Opponents to the plans welcomed the news. Campaigners have been awarded legal costs. Please see an article at BBC News, 16th March 2012.