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Plans to demolish a dated complex and transform it into eight swanky apartments, a shop and a restaurant have been unveiled.

The developers say the building at 1-3 St Anne's Road, Tankerton, is "in need of a total renovation and modernisation".

The current building in St Anne's Road, Tankerton. Picture: Google
The current building in St Anne's Road, Tankerton. Picture: Google

There are currently three flats on the second storey, above the Strode Park Foundation Charity Shop and Italian restaurant Mucini, which was previously occupied by The Lounge and the CT5 Gin and Fizz Bar.

But the plans by Invent Architecture state the applicants want to provide a "contemporary block of apartments" near the Tankerton Circus roundabout which includes eight homes, a retail unit and a restaurant.

It is hoped the current building will be demolished and replaced with the scheme.

A planning application sent to Canterbury City Council states the current building has been extended to the front, back and sides over the years.

"The site is within an area which includes a mixture of residential, commercial and retail uses," it says.

"On this basis there should be no objection to the principle of development for the increase in residential accommodation in this location..."

"The site is within a sustainable location, in close proximity to a range of shops and services and a number of bus routes.

"On this basis there should be no objection to the principle of development for the increase in residential accommodation in this location whilst maintaining the commercial use on the ground floors fronting the high street."

Plans also state there is "no consistent design theme or architectural" style in this area of Tankerton – but there "is a trend of modernising and re-developing the original properties".

If the bid is approved, it is hoped the apartments will give future occupants views of the coastline to the north.

It says: "The proposals look to add a contemporary design to the St Anne's Road using traditional building forms.

Plans for a new complex in St Anne's Road, Tankerton. Picture: Invent Architecture
Plans for a new complex in St Anne's Road, Tankerton. Picture: Invent Architecture

"The proposed materials blend with the existing character of the area utilising materials which have been recently accepted and built and are common within the Tankerton area."

There would also be white walls outside alongside grey brickwork with oak and equitone cladding panels used through the scheme "adding warmth and texture to the development".

"The roof would be finished with a high quality standing seam zinc profiles," the application adds.

"The use of aluminium frame double glazed units is proposed throughout with coloured frames."

No details of parking provision were provided in the application, but a cycle store providing 16 spaces is included in the proposals.

Mucini says it will look to relocate if the development goes ahead.

Strode Park did not respond to a request for comment when asked about its future.

To view the application, visit the city council's planning portal by clicking here and search for CA/22/00815.

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