Westgate Neighbourhood Plan Examination

Update 1 September 2023

The Westgate-on-Sea Neighbourhood Plan was approved at a referendum on 31 August 2023, with 553 people voting for the plan, and 135 voting against it.  This means the neighbourhood plan came into force on Friday 1 September.  A report is being prepared for for Cabinet and full Council to ‘make’ the neighbourhood plan within 8 weeks of the referendum.

Update 20 July 2023

A referendum relating to the Westgate-on-Sea Neighbourhood Plan will be held on 31 August 2023

The question which will be asked in the referendum is ‘Do you want Thanet District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Westgate-on-Sea to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’
The referendum documents are available below:
Copies of the documents can also be viewed at:
  • Thanet Gateway Plus, Cecil St, Margate CT9 1RE 10am – 2pm, or from the library until 5.30 Mondays, Thursday and Fridays,  5pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 3.30pm Saturdays

  • Westgate Town Council,  78 St Mildreds Road, Westgate-on-Sea, CT8 8RF – 10am – 12.30pm Mondays – Thursdays

  • Westgate Library, Minster Road, Westgate-on-Sea, CT8 8BP – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – 10am – 5pm (closed 1pm – 2pm), Saturday 9.30am – 1.30pm


The Council has now issued its  Decision Statement  that recommends that the Neighbourhood Plan, along with recommended Modifications from the Examination, can proceed to referendum.

A schedule of the Modifications are appended to the Decision Statement for ease of reference, but can also be found in the Examiners Report, 24 April 2023

Where a Decision Statement has been issued detailing an intention to send a neighbourhood plan to referendum, the plan can be given significant weight in determining planning applications.

The  Referendum draft of the Westgate-on-Sea Neighbourhood Plan is now available.



The independent Examination of the Westgate-on-Sea Neighbourhood Plan is currently underway. The Council, in agreement with Westgate Town Council, has appointed Derek Stebbing to carry out the Examination

On 3 January 2023, the Examiner sent a letter setting out  Procedural Matters and Questions  to Westgate-on-Sea Town Council and Thanet District Council.

Thanet District Council has responded to the Examiner’s Procedural Matters and Questions.  A new Westgate Neighbourhood Plan Area has been provided, and the Council has Responded to Q3  in relation to the SEA/HRA assessments.

Westgate on Sea Town Council have responded to the Examiners Procedural Matters and Questions – Westgate on Sea Town Council Response to Examiner 


The Examiner has now sent his final report and concluded his Examination of the Westgate on Sea Neighbourhood Plan.  The Council, in agreement with Westgate-on-Sea Town Council, will report to Cabinet on 15 June setting out the main findings of the Report and the next steps’

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