Main Modifications

Chapter 8 - Town and District Centres

MM/083

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Reason for change

 MM/083

Policy E04

Policy E04 - Primary and Secondary Frontages

Primary and Secondary Frontages are defined for Westwood, Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs.

Within the Primary Frontages the following development will be permitted:

1) Use Classes falling within A1, A2, A3, A4 and A5. (see glossary - Appendix D)
2) Residential and other main town centre uses Class B1 (a) offices will be permitted above ground floor level only.

Within the Secondary Frontages main town centre uses (as defined in National Planning Policy Framework)the uses referred to in the preceding clause will be permitted at ground and upper floor level as well as all other town centre uses stated in the National Planning Policy Framework including hotels and residential where this would not fragment or erode the active commercial frontages to a degree that would compromises footfall or otherwise undermines the function of the centre.

For clarity and effectiveness

MM/084

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Policy / Paragraph number

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Reason for change

 MM/084

Policy E05

 Policy E05 - Sequential and Impact Test

Proposals for main town centre uses should be located within the designated town centres of Margate, Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Westwood, comprising the primary and secondary frontages as shown on the policies map. Where this is not possible due to size, format and layout town centre uses should be located on the edge of town centres or on employment land designated for flexible uses. Outside these defined centresareas applicants should demonstrate that there is no sequentially preferable location within the catchment of the proposed development.

Applications for development above the following thresholds outside town centres should be accompanied by an impact assessment:

1) Urban area* - 1,000 square metres
2) Rural area* - 280 400 square metres

The impact assessment should include:

  • the impact of the proposal on existing, committed and planned public and private investment in a town centre or town centres in the catchment area of the proposal; and
  • the impact of the proposal on town centre vitality and viability, including local consumer choice and trade in the town centre and wider area, up to five years from the time the application is made. For major schemes where the full impact will not be realised in five years, the impact should also be assessed up to ten years from the time the application is made.

Applicants should demonstrate flexibility on issues such as format and scale and will be expected to provide the Council with robust evidence of this.

Where an application fails to satisfy the sequential test or is likely to have an adverse impact on one or more of the above factors, it will be refused.

*As defined by the Boundary of Urban Area (SP21) on the Policies Map. The Villages are in the rural area.

For clarity and effectiveness

MM/085

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Main Modification

Reason for change

 MM/085

Policy E06

Policy E06 - District and Local Centres

Proposals for additional shopping provision at traditional District Centres (as defined on the Policies Map) and Local Centres* will be permitted where the proposalsserve the local populationmeet a local needand are of a scale appropriate to the particular centre and not more than 1000 square metres.

Residential accommodation will be permitted in District and Local Centres where this would not fragment or erode the activecommercial frontages of such locations to a degree that compromises footfall or otherwise undermines the function of the centre.

*The Local Centres are located at:- (as indicated on the Policies Map)

Minnis Road, Minnis Bay, Birchington
Cambourne Avenue/Lymington Road, Westgate on Sea
Canterbury Road, Garlinge
Canterbury Road, Westbrook
Ramsgate Road, Margate (Victoria Lights)
Holly Lane/Northdown Road, Margate
Summerfield Road, Palm Bay, Margate
St Peter's, Broadstairs
Margate Road/Northwood Road, Ramsgate
High Street, St Lawrence, Ramsgate
Hereson Road, Ramsgate
Grange Road, Ramsgate

For clarity and effectiveness