Smart Planning have successfully obtained outline planning permission from Thanet District Council for the development of 48 homes at a former car storage site in Ramsgate, Kent.

The outline proposal considered access only, with all other matters reserved for future determination. The scheme is for 48 units, consisting of 12no. 1-bedroom flats, 10no. 2-bedroom flats, 10no. 2-bedroom houses, 12no. 3-bedroom houses and 4no. 4-bedroom houses.

The proposal will utilise a vacant site within an urban area which has been allocated for future housing development. Furthermore, the proposal will contribute to the local housing mix, represent an effective use of land and provide increased footfall to the surrounding local shops and businesses.

The Local Planning Authority (LPA) were also content that the dwellings could be provided without significantly impacting upon the character and appearance of the area or neighbouring living conditions. The proposal was found to be wholly in accordance with both national and local adopted planning policies.

Additionally, in regards to highways the LPA stated that “The impact upon highway safety is also considered to be acceptable as the additional trips generated by the development can be accommodated within the existing highway network“.

In concluding, the LPA said that ‘the proposal is considered to be a sustainable form of development that complies with Local Plan Policy and the NPPF’.

Smart Planning submitted ‘Head of Terms’ as part of the application, outlining the financial contributions to be made and where they would be distributed. This also included a commitment to provide 30% affordable housing across the scheme.

Given all of the foregoing, the LPA were satisfied with the proposal and granted outline planning permission. The scheme will now be the subject of reserved matters applications in the near future.

11 February 2021