Published: 06:00, 08 January 2021
| Updated: 16:18, 08 January 2021
An old toilet block is set to go under the hammer with buyers invited to splash out on the beach-front building.
But you'll need to be feeling flush, with the derelict premises in Westbrook near Margate given a guide price of £230,000 - around the same cost as an average terrace house in Thanet.
The disused public conveniences, marketed by Votta Sales and Lettings in Ramsgate, overlooks the beach at Westbrook, just along from Margate Main Sands, and comes with planning permission for a detached two-storey three-bed house.
Estate agent Votta says any buyer who snaps up the building, which is adjacent to Sea View Terrace and next to Strokes Adventure Golf, can create their own home on the beach.
Plans were submitted in 2017 by owners of the site Ashley and James Bryant, who bought the building from Thanet District Council at auction, with architecture firm Daykin Marshall Studio drawing up the contemporary design.
The firm said at the time that the dilapidated building, once demolished and the plot redeveloped, would act as a magnet for aspirational home buyers.
"As well as providing a family home, it is an opportunity to replace an unsightly derelict building with an exciting contemporary home," they added.
"What better place for a home with direct access to the promenade and beach on your doorstep?"
When plans were submitted in July 2017, Daykin Marshall said the inside of the building was in a dilapidated and precarious condition and that the facade of the building was in a state of disrepair.
A heritage advisor told the council the redevelopment had the potential to enhance the character of the Margate Seafront Conservation Area.
Some 10 letters of objection were submitted raising concerns, including loss of parking, loss of open views and increased residential density, but plans were approved in October 2017.
Now the site, near the Royal Sea Bathing Hospital development, is back on the market to be sold at an online auction on January 21.
Votta is inviting people to bid and "build a home pretty much on the beach".
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