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Plans for 53 new houses at former Forelands School site in Lanthorne Road in Broadstairs

The former site of a special school and care home could be transformed into a new housing estate.

Plans have been submitted to build 53 houses at Lanthorne Court in Broadstairs, the old premises of the Forelands School, which has since been relocated.

The proposed development site in Broadstairs. Picture: On Architecture/NHS Property Services
The proposed development site in Broadstairs. Picture: On Architecture/NHS Property Services

The site on Lanthorne Road also previously housed Turning Point and a care home, run by the NHS, which owns the land.

The outline planning application by NHS Property Services Ltd is for a new housing development which would involve demolishing the existing empty properties and building two, three and four bed homes as well as one and two bed apartments.

A planning statement drawn up by On Architecture on behalf of the NHS, says the housing estate would create a more efficient use of the land.

“The proposals represent an exciting opportunity to deliver a new, well-designed scheme providing needed accommodation in Broadstairs,” the statement said.

A public exhibition was held in September last year to gain feedback from residents living nearby.

How the houses might look if the development gets approval. Picture: On Architecture/NHS Property Services
How the houses might look if the development gets approval. Picture: On Architecture/NHS Property Services

On Architecture says the general feeling was positive.

"Most residents were satisfied with the scheme and its impact on their homes.

"The points from this consultation were considered against the proposal and care has been taken to address the concerns and comments raised and ensure measures are taken in the design to result in the best possible design outcome."

On the other side of Thanet, an outline application for 49 homes on land behind 96-102 Monkton Street in Monkton near Ramsgate will be discussed at a planning meeting next Wednesday.

Dozens of objections have poured in to Thanet council, with many concerned about the increase in traffic, rise in pollution and the possible strain on community facilities and services.

The entrance to the site in Monkton
The entrance to the site in Monkton

Both Monkton and Minster parish councils have objected to the plans.

In a planning statement, agent Savills, on behalf of applicant Jacob Taylor, says the homes will be provided in a range of sizes, types and tenures, including affordable housing.

In a planning statement, agent Savills, on behalf of applicant Jacob Taylor, says the homes will be provided in a range of sizes, types and tenures, including affordable housing.

A recommendation has been put forward by officers to defer the decision and delegate for approval subject to the completion of a Section 106 agreement.

To comment on the Lanthorne Court plans search OL/TH/19/1761 at www.thanet.gov.uk

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