Draft Thanet Local Plan - 2031 - Pre-Submission Publication, Regulation 19

Cliftonville and Margate

11.9 The adjoining wards of Cliftonville West and Margate Central contain Thanet's most deprived neighbourhoods. This is manifested in high levels of economic dependency, and a fragmented community. The area has a predominance of cheap and poor quality rented accommodation often attracting vulnerable and transient people. The Cliftonville Development Plan Document (DPD) contains planning policies restricting additional accommodation in forms likely to fuel or perpetuate these problems.

11.10 The Council and its partners including Kent County Council and the Homes and Communities Agency are implementing a concerted programme "Live Margate" to focus and stimulate further investment in making Margate and, in particular, these two wards, an area where people aspire to live. A central feature of the programme is purchasing existing properties and turning them into quality family homes. Many properties in these wards have 3-4 storeys and would be suited to multigenerational living (with two or more generations living under the same roof). If house prices continue to rise there may be an increase in demand for multigenerational houses .The following policy supports proposals resulting from or compatible with the Live Margate initiative. In addition to relevant policies in the Cliftonville DPD, the following policy will apply.

Policy HO10 - Cliftonville West and Margate Central

Proposals to provide residential accommodation in Cliftonville West and Margate Central wards (as defined in the map below) will be expected to demonstrate compatibility with the following objectives:

1) Improving poor quality homes.

2) Increasing the number of family homes .

3) Creating mixed settled communities where families and individuals will want to live.

4) Improving the urban fabric or street scene and environment.