Campaigners vow to fight Margate Tesco plans at inquiry
3DReid-designed scheme proposes supermarket next to Dreamland theme park
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.
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.