Government calls in 3DReid's Arlington House plans
Controversial proposals for massive supermarket to be decided by secretary of state
The secretary of state has called in plans by 3DReid for the redevelopment of Arlington House in Margate.
The controversial proposals for developer Freshwater would see the construction of a 7,500sq m supermarket at the base of the 1960s tower block as well as external alterations to the building.
The planning inspector will now prepare a report and recommendation for the secretary of state, rather than determining the decision.
A letter written on behalf of the secretary of state said the plans were called in because it is a city-centre site with more than 9,000sq m of floorspace.
The news comes on the back of a public inquiry which was launched after planning authority Thanet Council failed to decide on the application within the 13-week timetable. Since then, councillors agreed that the project should be given approval.
Meanwhile, campaign group Friends of Arlington Margate continues to fight the plans, which they claim are too big and would cause traffic chaos.
Arlington House sits beside the Dreamland theme park, which is being redesigned by Wayne Hemingway.