Published: 06:00, 13 September 2020
A former village boozer could be flattened to make way for new homes, a cycle café and micropub.
The Sportsman in Sandwich Road, Cliffsend , which was run by Shepherd Neame, has been at the centre of controversial plans since its closure three years ago.
In 2018, proposals were submitted by Kentish Projects Ltd, the company behind a number of luxury developments in Thanet, to build two blocks of flats and a micropub.
But the ambitious scheme failed to win favour, with district planners refusing the application and then the Planning Inspectorate dismissing a subsequent appeal.
The design was described as "obtrusive" and residents feared its height would interrupt views out to Pegwell Bay and across the nature reserve.
The plan received one letter of support and 11 objections from the public as well as an objection from Cliffsend Parish Council.
But now the firm has put revised plans in to Thanet District Council - this time for four semi-detached three-bed houses and a three-storey apartment block for four two-bed apartments.
The block would have a space for a cycle café and micropub on the ground floor, which the developer believes will revive the lost community asset of the former pub.
Hume Planning, which is representing Kentish Projects, says the development size has been reduced to allay previous concerns.
The firm also states the latest design has been put together taking into account feedback from Thanet council as well as neighbours during the recent planning hearing on the previous plan.
In the design and access statement, a spokesman for Hume said: "Given the prominent corner location of the site and its unique position looking onto Pegwell Bay, its redevelopment presents an opportunity for giving the site a clear identity, through quality contemporary architecture and choice of suitable materials which will enhance the built character of this section of Sandwich Road.
"Furthermore, the proposed development will re-instate the site’s former function as a community meeting place, providing opportunity for local employment, as well as delivering much-needed and sustainably-located family homes and quality apartments."
To take a look at the plans visit www.thanet.gov.uk and search ref F/TH/20/1145.