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The Northdown public house had been saved from
demolition by Thanet District Council’s refusal to approve planning
permission that – had it been given – would have sealed the
Situated on the Palm Bay estate, Margate, The
Northdown was built in the 1970s and was once a focal point for the
local community. But in 2008 it was closed and sold to a
developer. Subsequently, the developer submitted a planning
application to demolish the pub and build 12 houses in its
However, the council refused permission on the
grounds that it would result in the loss of a valued local
community facility. Designs for the part of the proposed housing
were also deemed, by the council, to be poor .
The developer submitted an appeal to the
Planning Inspectorate, and a Secretary of State-appointed Inspector
held a public hearing at the council offices on Wednesday 17
October. Many local residents came to the well-attended hearing and
backed the council’s decision.
But the appeal was dismissed by the Inspector
on Monday 19 November, who supported the council’s decision. He
said that The Northdown was valued community facility, and that
there was no adequate alternative provision available.
In his concluding report, the Inspector said
that the planning system can play an important role in facilitating
social interaction and creating healthy and inclusive communities.
He also noted considerable local opposition.
Thanet District Council’s Cabinet member for
Housing and Planning, Cllr David Green, said: “For many years, The
Northdown was more than just a pub – it also served as an
invaluable hub for the community. Sadly, the pub business has
closed and local people have lost a resource.
“But the council has always firmly believed
that The Northdown has an integral role to play in the future of
the community, and that’s why we’re very happy with the Inspector’s
He added: “We’re extremely grateful for the
support that we’ve receive from members of the public, particularly
those who were able to attend the Hearing and put their concerns to
the Inspector. They shared our concerns, and collectively, we’ve
managed to save The Northdown and give the building a future.”
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