Tuesday, 8 October 2013


Thanet District Council’s ownership of the iconic Dreamland site in Margate has been confirmed by a Court of Appeal decision today (Tuesday 8 October).
In its ruling, the Court of Appeal has comprehensively dismissed the appeal launched by the former owners. This appeal challenged the High Court decision to uphold the order (approved by the Secretary of State) empowering the council to purchase the Dreamland site.
The council made the Compulsory Purchase Order in May 2011 after the site had stood vacant and unused for more than five years.
Although ownership of the site transferred to the council on 3  September this year, the ruling today effectively marks an end to the latest legal challenge. The council, in partnership with The Dreamland Trust, will now progress with plans to create a world class visitor attraction for Margate – an amusement park of thrilling historic rides.
Leader of Thanet District Council, Cllr. Clive Hart, said: “This is fantastic news and marks a key milestone for the future of Dreamland.
“With significant external funding in place and overwhelming public support, we have remained confident in our vision to create a world class visitor attraction on this site.
“We are committed to delivering this landmark project and believe the compulsory purchase of the land was the only viable option to save and restore Dreamland, given the unacceptable length of time it has remained empty.
“Dreamland is a precious asset for Thanet and beyond, so we are thrilled with today's ruling.”
Work is now underway to protect the three important heritage assets on the site, the Grade ll* listed Scenic Railway, the Grade ll* listed cinema building and the Grade ll listed Menagerie Cages.
The Dreamland Trust and renowned HemingwayDesign team, will also continue to lead on developing a brand and progress with the creative design of the park.

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