Friday, 10 December 2010


A planning application has been submitted for a new two-storey retail unit at Westwood Cross.

The application is for a non-food store, totalling 6,500 square metres split over two floors, comparable in size to the existing larger stores at Westwood. It would be located next door to TK Maxx. The store is expected to bring 150 jobs to the area, according to information submitted by the applicants.

The plans would see the new store being built on the existing car park, although 137 new parking spaces would be provided, as part of the development, accessed from Antolin Way. This is similar to the number of spaces being lost from the existing car park.

The application is within the Westwood Cross town centre and the majority of the site is allocated for retail use. A small section of the site, where the new car park is being built, is on employment land, previously used by Grupo Antolin.

The applicant has included information showing how this development would fit into possible future redevelopment in the surrounding area. This information includes a relocated Sainsbury’s store on part of the former Grupo Antolin site and vacant land next to New Haine Road, additional retail and restaurants, as well as a new road linking Antolin Way and Margate Road. These do not form part of the current application being considered. However, the applicant states that these plans are to be part of a separate planning application which is to be submitted in the future.

Details of the application are available on the council's website using UK Planning under reference 10/1005. The plans can also be viewed by visiting Thanet's Gateway Plus in Cecil Street, Margate from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, with extended opening until 8pm on Thursdays. Thanet's Gateway Plus is also open from 9am to 5pm on Saturdays. The Gateway will have different opening hours for Christmas between Thursday 24 December and Monday 3 January.

The deadline for comments to be received is Friday 7 January 2011. Comments should be sent to The application will be considered by the council’s Planning Committee early in 2011.

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