New Tesco Express under construction at Westbrook, 0.5 miles from Arlington

It doesn’t get any weirder than this. Construction for a new Tesco Express store is underway at Westbrook, less than half a mile, from the proposed superstore site at Arlington Margate. Signs state the store is scheduled for opening on February 24th 2012.

Hoardings are up, and work is underway. This is less than a 10 minute walk round the corner from the Arlington, effectively creating a Tesco sandwich of the independent shops at Westbrook along the A28, The Canterbury Road.

Feedback or questions welcome! 0800 028 6428

Address is 56 Canterbury Road, Margate. Planning Application TH/08/1286.
Erection of three storey building containing A1 retail unit on ground floor, 8no self contained flats, and installation of ATM to front elevation and air conditioning units to the rear.
http://www.ukplanning.com/ukp/findCaseFile.do?appNumber=08%2F1286 

The Arlington Tesco planning appeal is confirmed as registered by the Planning Inspectorate

The Planning Inspectorate have confirmed that an appeal for non-determination of the Freshwater planning application TH/10/1061 has been lodged on the 26th of October 2011. To view go to: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/planning/appeals/online/search
Enter the case ref: 2163595

Hopefully, this link will also work:
http://www.pcs.planningportal.gov.uk/pcsportal/ViewCase.asp?caseid=2163595&coid=257

What happens now?
The Local Planning Authority, Thanet District Council will announce the start date of the appeal and there will then be a strict 6 week period for everyone, including the public, to submit written evidence. This can also be new information pertinent to the application. A Public Inquiry will then take 10-20 weeks from the initial start date.

Download a PDF guide to Public Inquiries 

The guide includes this information:

“The LPA will send us copies of any letters of support or objection they received about the planning application while considering it. These will be fully considered by the Inspector who decides the appeal. If you did not write at application stage, or you did write and now have something new to say, you can send us your comments. You can submit your comments on line through the Planning Portal using the Planning Casework Service, www.planningportal.gov.uk/pcs or you can write or email to us. The LPA should have told you our Case Officer’s contact details.

If you sent us your comments in a letter, if possible, please send us three copies of it. Please note that we do not acknowledge receipt. If you want to make written comments, you must make sure that we receive your comments within six weeks of the starting date for the appeal. The LPA should have told you the deadline. We will send copies of your comments to the appellant, the LPA and the Inspector .

The time limit for sending comments to us is important, and everyone taking part in an appeal must follow it. If you send us comments after the end of the time limit, we will not normally accept them. Instead we will return them to you. This means that the Inspector will not take them into account. However you may attend and ask to speak at the inquiry- see the paragraph below called “What happens at the inquiry?”.

The Planning Casework Officer’s details for the Arlington Margate Case ref: 2163595
Hannah Dickson
Telephone 0117 372 6372
Case Officer email teamp13@pins.gsi.gov.uk

Press: 3DReid’s Tesco superstore plans under threat by English Heritage decision

Building Design Magazine have published an article on Arlington Margate and the prospect of it being listed by English Heritage:
http://m.bdonline.co.uk/5027019.article?mobilesite=enabled 

“3DReid’s Tesco superstore plans threatened by English Heritage decision

English Heritage is considering plans to list Margate’s Arlington House – a Russell Diplock-designed 18-story brutalist apartment block in the town centre.

The building, which opened in 1964 as the first ‘park and buy’ shopping and residential centre in the UK, has retained many of its distinguishing features including a Carrara marble lobby. Up to 30 of the 142 apartments have retained their original 1960s interiors.

A decision by English Heritage to recommend listed status could scupper plans by Arlington’s tenant Freshwater for a Tesco superstore on the site.

3DReid has drawn up plans for a superstore on the site of the building’s four metre-high car park, which if built would raise the roofline to 12 metres. However if listing status is granted it is unlikely these plans would go ahead, as any application for development would have to maintain the original 1960s character.

Christina Malathouni, senior case worker at the 20th Century Society, criticised Tesco’s plans.

She said: “We feel that what has been proposed does not reflect Arlington’s character. The project was built to be architecturally significant, in particular the elevations are significant from the sea to Arlington House itself.”

And local conservation groups have also supported proposals to list the building, which they said was “an amazingly heroic way to enter the town”.

Louise Oldfield, chair of Margate Conservation Area Advisory Group, said: “The debate over Arlington House has galvanised the local population. People are now much more appreciative of the building and what it means to Margate than they were.”

“Arlington could be a beacon for a second wave of regeneration in Margate but there has never been any money spent on it,” Oldfield adds. “Perhaps it is time for a proper consultation or an architectural competition for an alternative vision for Arlington.”

Thanet Council planning committee members deferred the application until a full council meeting on December 8.