Friday, 14 June 2013
Secretary of State approves Arlington application
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has today (Friday 14 June) announced that planning permission for a superstore, the refurbishment of Arlington House and the development of a hotel and shops at the Arlington site has been granted.
The appeal was called in by the Secretary of State for determination following a four day public inquiry held in November 2012.
Leader of Thanet District Council, Cllr. Clive Hart, said: “The Secretary of State has now determined that the proposed development at Arlington is the right way forward for Margate.
“His decision follows a detailed and thorough examination of the plans, and has also included consideration of the feedback from members of the public as part of the public inquiry.
“From the outset we’ve been clear that we want to ensure the best possible future for this site. With the success of Turner Contemporary, and approval to progress with the exciting plans at Dreamland, unlocking the potential for further regeneration in this part of the town is absolutely key.
“There can be no doubt that the area immediately surrounding Arlington House, which is the entrance to Margate, is an eyesore.
“As the final decision for this development was outside of the council’s control, our role now will be to get the best possible outcome for the residents of Margate and Thanet and to ensure the site complements and enhances the wider regeneration of the town.”