Decision details

Asset Disposals

Decision maker: Asset Management Working Party

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Decisions:

SITE 8 – DUMPTON PARK DRIVE, BROADSTAIRS

 

Moved by Councillor Mrs Rogers and second by Councillor Lawson that public speaking be allowed.

 

Mr Coussins speaking on Site 8, Dumpton Park Drive, Broadstairs, outlined his concerns regarding this site and the delay in receiving information and responses from officers.

 

The Chairman gave apologies on behalf of the Council for this delay and it was agreed that a meeting would be arranged with two Members of the Working Party and responsible officers before the end of November.

 

SITE 1 – BOOTH PLACE, MARGATE

 

Planning consent has been obtained for this site, which will shortly be brought to market.

 

SITE 2 – LAND AT DALBY SQUARE

 

It was concluded that the land had been ‘gifted’ to Town and Country. The site would therefore be removed from the disposal list. It was noted that more history on this site should have been made available.

 

SITE 3 – LAND ADJACENT TO THE MEDIA CENTRE, MARGATE

 

The situation on this site remains the same.

 

SITE 4 – 45 HAWLEY SQUARE, MARGATE

 

The property has been sold and the proceeds have been received from the purchaser. This site will be removed from the list. Members had some concerns regarding the problem of litter which is now the responsibility of the new owner.

 

SITE 5 – 22 CECIL SQUARE, MARGATE

 

Contact has been made with the post office to ascertain their intentions regarding this office.

 

SITE 6 – LAND ADJOINING THE ESPLANADE, WESTBROOK

 

Proposals are still awaited from local residents. The application for a village green is to be put on hold. Doug Brown, Major Development Manager is working on this.

 

SITE 7 – ALBION HOUSE, RAMSGATE

 

The Town Council has now removed all its possessions from the building and the keys have been returned to the Council. A strategy meeting is to be held on the way forward for this site. It was noted that although the building needs some work carried out this was considered to be general maintenance only.

 

SITE 9 – CLOSED TOILETS, BOUNDARY ROAD, RAMSGATE

 

Instructions have been given to KCC legal department to complete the disposal of this property, which is shortly to be the subject of a planning application. It is hoped that the matter will be completed before the end of this calendar year.

 

SITE 10 – WESTCLIFF HALL, THE MOTOR MUSEUM AT RAMSGATE

 

Brian White had met with the group who are interested in developing the structure for parking and commercial purposes. It is hoped that a paper can be submitted to Cabinet, for its consideration, in November or brought back to this Working Party.

 

SITE 11 – VERE ROAD CAR PARK, BROADSTAIRS

 

The sale of this site was completed and the funds have been received by Thanet District Council. The developers have submitted a new planning application and an ongoing dialogue is taking place with them, regarding the timing of development and to ensure that there is adequate lighting to the new development.

 

Members had concerns regarding the parking arrangements during development of the site. Justin Thomson assured Members that the developers were sensitive to local opinion and would be undertaking to cause the least disruption to residents. Justin added that part of the contract with the developers was that the Council retain the income from the car park during the development.

 

SITE 12 – EFFINGHAM STREET, RAMSGATE

 

The planning application has been placed on hold to enable further local consultation to take place.

 

SITE 13 – MONTEFIORE GAMES CENTRE

 

The KCC Committee did not approve the village green application. No further action is currently being considered, to allow for the expiration of any appeal procedures.

 

SITE 14 – LAND ADJOINING 19 LIVERPOOL LAWN, RAMSGATE

 

This application is not to be pursued and consideration should be given to taking this site off the disposal list.

 

SITE 15 – PORT OF RAMSGATE

 

The Ramsgate Port and Marina Working Party has now been constituted and proposals for the Draft Port Masterplan will be available early January 2011.

 

SITE 16 – MANSTON ROAD EXTENSION, RAMSGATE

 

It was noted that a Planning Application had been submitted for development of this site and it was pointed out that ownership of land was not required to enable planning applications from being submitted.

 

SITE 17 – COVELLS ROW, MARGATE

 

This site is to be removed from the disposal list because, further investigation has revealed that TDC’s ownership is less extensive than originally thought and this  precludes development.

 

SITE 18 – MARINE TERRACE, MARGATE

 

Early plans are unlikely to be brought forward on this development which will be dependant on a return to more economic activity.

 

SITE 19 – MARGATE CAVES

 

Whilst the planning application has been submitted, this is currently on hold pending further consultation on proposals. Members had concerns regarding the Health and Safety issue due to the report that noxious gases had been identified. Councillor Bruce, who has expertise in this field, informed the Working Party that, chalk subsoil was not capable of retaining harmful gases.

 

An added concern was that people were breaking into the caves and emergency repair works being necessary. It was agreed that most residents were in favour of the development of the top ground.

 

 SITE 20 – TIVOLI PARK AVENUE, MARGATE

 

Plans to manage the site need to be set up. A number of local parties may be interested.

 

SITE 21 – LAND ADJOINING 62 BROOKE AVENUE, GARLINGE

 

The same comments apply – the site is suitable for possible garden extension.

 

SITE 22 – VIKING BAY, BROADSTAIRS

 

One of the Council’s preferred development partners has expressed interest in a possible development but not along the lines of the Town Council’s proposals. They have been invited to discuss the matter but as yet not responded. It was noted that very limited interest had been received and that discussions with the Conservation Group had taken place.

 

SITE 23 – PARK LANE, BIRCHINGTON

 

The same comments apply – the site it suitable for possible garden extension.

 

SITE 24 – RETORT HOUSE, ALBION STREET CAR PARK

 

It is understood that the new community facility at Pierremont Park is likely to go ahead. Development of this site will require consultation with the Conservation Group and will be contingent upon the new facility being ready. Development of this site is therefore some way off. Members noted that there is a variation to the original plan, which may affect the developability of this site.

 

SITE 25 – LAND OPPOSITE TUDOR HOUSE

 

The situation remains the same – a Planning application is to be submitted. However, this is unlikely to be for residential use, as previously anticipated, because of Environment Agency policy on means of escape, in the event of flooding. An alternative commercial use is therefore to be considered.

 

SITE 26 – FORMER ROSE GARDENS, PYSONS ROAD, BROADSTAIRS

 

The situation remains the same – land is being held for possible use as allotments.  Brian White advised Members that they were working with Paul Verrall, Parks Manager to discuss any concerns. Usage is not as parochial as it was with many people travelling around the district to use allotments. The Council has a policy of what is appropriate for allotments.

 

Proposed disposals 2010/11 (now with Cabinet approval)

 

SITE 27 – THE LODGE, ST JOHNS CEMETARY, MARGATE

 

This now has approval for disposal for residential use.

 

SITE 28 – SEA VIEW TERRACE, MARGATE

 

Discussions are to be held with KCC who have joint ownership, to enable structural repairs to be carried out as part of any future development. It was noted that the development of this site had been a matter of discussion for many years but as the costs of development are so high it may not happen. Members asked whether the (DEFRA) improvement to the sea wall could include this site as part of the scheme.

 

SITE 29 – STAFFORDSHIRE STREET CAR PARK

 

A commercial scheme is to be worked up but prior to this further consultation is required. It was noted that this car park was always full. Officers confirmed that car parking would be provided within the new scheme.

 

SITE 30 – MARINA ROAD, RAMSGATE

 

A residential development is to be worked up on this site after further consultation.

 

SITE 31 – LAND AT BEACH GROVE, CLIFFSEND

 

This site has been offered for sale to residents.

 

SITE 32 – HIGHFIELD ROAD, RAMSGATE

 

Detailed proposals are to be worked up on a residential development, after additional consultation has been held with residents.

 

THE COACH HOUSE, NORTHDOWN PARK, MARGATE

 

This has been considered by the Coach House Working Party, who have made a report, which is to be considered by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

Members agreed to note the report.

Report author: Justin Thomson

Publication date: 22/12/2010

Date of decision: 09/11/2010

Decided at meeting: 09/11/2010 - Asset Management Working Party

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