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Friday01 August 2014

Campaigners vow to fight Margate Tesco plans at inquiry

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3DReid-designed scheme proposes supermarket next to Dreamland theme park

Arlington House

Arlington House today

Campaigners against a 3DReid-designed redevelopment of Arlington House in Margate are gearing up to fight the proposals at a public inquiry next month.

Developer Freshwater is working with Tesco on plans to build a 7,500 sq m supermarket and carry out external alterations to the 1960s tower block, which sits next to the grade II listed Dreamland theme park.

Campaign group Friends of Arlington Margate said it has raised almost £3000 of the £5000 it needs to pay for its legal fees at the inquiry.

The inquiry was launched after planning authority Thanet Council failed to decide on Freshwater’s application within the required 13-week timetable. Thanet councillors have since agreed that they would have granted permission for the project.

Arlington House proposals

Arlington House proposals

Friends of Arlington Margate was dealt another blow earlier this year when English Heritage recommended the building should not be listed.

The inquiry was originally due to take place in March this year but was delayed by the Planning Inspectorate due to possible procedural errors.

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  • This is absolutely the wrong way to go for Margate. First there was the useless Mary Portas (remember her?) and now this. A Tesco would compromise all other future ideas for the CORRECT regeneration of Margate. It must not pass.

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  • To anyone coming from the outside that end of Margate is a desolate dump and a blight on the approach to the town from the station. This proposal, while no great shakes, much like the existing architecture, will certainly provide a more life by the inclusion of a supermarket and a visual improvement on the existing 60's arcade.

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  • There are major plans for the regeneration of the former Dreamland site (including the Grade II* listed cinema, II* listed Scenic Railway II listed animal cages). A Tesco would certainly not enhance the plans, far from it, and the Dreamland Trust is objecting and will appear at the inquiry I understand.

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  • looks like something that's been dunked in Gordon's gin, then left in a smokehouse in the garden for 3 months and then brought out and had a pair of Ray Bans plonked on it's face.

    Real cool sharp smouldering architecture. Really good stuff.

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  • I bet you'll all go and shop there anyway.

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  • 3DReid have failed to produce a set of drawings that represent the reality of the proposal and its context. The Tesco Store faces on a narrow road (All Saints Avenue) The other side of the road West) is lined with a terrace of 17 houses and flats that will be overlooked 24 hours by the shoppers of the proposed Tesco store. The terrace is absent from all but one section drawing. To the West of the site is Dreamland. There is a sudden 3 to 4 meter drop in ground levels between the sites. On In all but one section, submitted at the last moment, the ground levels of the site are miss-represented, showing the adjacent Dreamland site level. This minimises the visual impact of the massive rear wall of the super store in relation to the heritage amusement park and it's suite of Grade II and Grade II* Listed structures. in the drawings. Looking at the drawings, one would be forgiven for not understanding that the Rear wall of the superstore is parallel to the listed Sangers Menagerie wall, only 1 meter from the wall of the store. This is because the Menagerie is omitted from most of the drawings. The proposal also has a road that "can be continued through to Dreamland" which if continued, would go straight through the Grade II Listed Sangers Menagerie. EH have repeatedly asked for details showing the relationship between the proposal and the Listed structures, no drawing has yet been submitted. The drawings show 4 completely different looking stores (completely different in design and materials). A wavy facade with metal mesh. panels, one with concrete panels, one with "public art" and one with brightly coloured metal panels. It is not clear which design is intended to be built. There are 3 images in the application showing the proposed "improved" windows. An elevation a the 3d visualisation and a more technical drawing. Each representation of the windows shows a different design. I'm sure someone has a scheme clear in their head at 3DReid, but they don't seem to be able to put it on paper. Hopefully, someone at 3DReid also knows what the site is like, they just haven't managed to draw it.

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  • Following the Public inquiry, the secretary of State, despite having declined to call the application, has changed his mind and called it in...

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  • 3D-Reid have worked on the application for 10 years, yet could not show the Planning Inspector or the participants at the inquiry what the windows in the 18 floor building would look like, what the concrete treatment would look like, what the landscaping on the seafront would look like, what the elevation facing Dreamland would look like (the application contained 4 completely different solutions, one with concrete panels, one with coloured metal panels and one with "affordable mesh and brick footing. When asked her opinion on the design of the rear elevation of the superstore, facing Dreamland Heritage amusement park with it's group of Grade II and Grade II* Listed structures, the Council Heritage Officer said " I can't say because we don't know what it will look like, we just have some artistic impressions of ideas".

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