Main Modifications

Chapter 7 -Economy

MM/079

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 MM/079

Policy E01

Policy E01 - Retention of existing employment sites

The following sites will be retained for employment uses falling within Use Classes B1 and B8 in locations close to residential areas, with additional B2 in appropriate locations away from residential development:

The following sites will be retained as employment sites and the Council will support uses falling within Use Classes B1, B2 and B8 where they would not harm the living conditions of neighbouring occupiers of land or buildings:

1) All sites specifically identified under Policy SP03; and

2) Existing business sites and premises identified set out below:

  • Cromptons site, Poorhole Lane, Broadstairs
  • Pysons Road Industrial Estate, Broadstairs
  • Thanet Reach Business Park (part), Broadstairs
  • Dane Valley Industrial Estate St.Peters, Broadstairs*
  • Northdown Industrial Estate St.Peters, Broadstairs
  • Manston Business Park (part), Manston
  • Manston Green, Manston
  • Manston Road Depot, Margate
  • Westwood Industrial Estate, Margate*(part)
  • Fullers Yard, Victoria Road, Margate
  • All Saints Industrial Estate, Margate
  • Laundry Road Industrial Estate Minster
  • Eurokent (part), Ramsgate*
  • Leigh Road Industrial Estate, Ramsgate
  • St. Lawrence Industrial Estate, Ramsgate
  • Princes Road Depot/Pioneer Business Park, Ramsgate
  • Whitehall Road Industrial Estate, Ramsgate
  • Hedgend Industrial Estate, Thanet Way, St.Nicholas-at-Wade
  • Tivoli Industrial Estate, Margate
  • Manston Road Industrial Estate (part), Ramsgate

Proposals for alternative uses on sites identified under Policy E01(1) and (2), and other buildings and land currently used for employment, will only be permitted where:

  • It has been demonstrated that the site is no longer suitable or viable for employment purposes following an active and exhaustive marketing process for a minimum of 12 months;
  • The proposal would not undermine economic growth and employment opportunities in the area;
  • The proposal would not result in a significant, or harmful reduction in the supply of land available for employment purposes for theremainder of the plan period, having regard to the type of employment land proposed for reuse and its location;
  • The proposal would not prejudice the ongoing operation of remaining businesses nearby; and
  • The proposal would result in a good standard of amenity for existing and future occupants.

* these are flexible employment sites, where wider employment generating uses will be allowed in addition to B1, B2 and B8 uses. Development must be compatible with neighbouring uses. Proposals for main town centre uses should also comply with Policy E05 - the sequential test where necessary. These uses will be expected to contribute towards the Local Employment and Training Fund.

Flexible uses include leisure, tourism and other town centre uses which, due to scale and format cannot be accommodated within town centres. They also include uses known as sui generis which do not fall into a category in the Use Classes Order. These include uses such as car showrooms and crèches.

7.3 Flexible uses include leisure, tourism and other town centre uses which, due to scale and format cannot be accommodated within town centres. They also include uses known as sui generis which do not fall into a category in the Use Classes Order. These include uses such as car showrooms and crèches.

For clarity and effectiveness

MM/080

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Reason for change

 MM/080

Policy E02

 Policy E02 - Home Working

Proposals for the establishment of a business operating from a residential property will be permitted, provided that it can be demonstrated that the proposed use would not result in:

1) Detrimental impacts on residential amenity by reason of dust, noise, light, smell, fumesor other emissions;
2) Additional traffic flows or vehicle parking in the vicinity, at a level that would be harmful to residential amenity or highway safety;or
3) The erosion of the residential character of the area.

For clarity and effectiveness

MM/081

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MM/081

New paragraph preceding Policy E03

7.7A The Council strongly supports the installation of digital infrastructure and considers that an appropriate balance needs to be struck when considering impacts on heritage assets, conservation areas and historic landscapes.

For clarity and effectiveness

MM/082

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Reason for change

 MM/082

Policy E03

Policy E03 - Digital Infrastructure

Proposals for the installation of digital infrastructure will be required on allocated sites in this plan.

Retro-fitting in existing urban areas and villages will be supported, subject to no detrimental unacceptable harm impacts on listed buildings and their settings , the character orand appearance of conservation areas and their settings, and historic landscapes.

For clarity and effectiveness