It would have provided more accommodation for tourists, employment for local people, additional trade for service businesses, and it would have upped Margate’s offering as a destination. But Dreamland’s application for a 124- room hotel next to its park has been recommended for rejection. So what brought on this nightmare?
Margate Estates, the parent company of the Dreamland amusement park,has described a decision to block its plans for a seafront hotel as“disappointing.”
The company had hoped to demolish an adjacent property and fill the gap between it and the Showboat amusement arcade with a five-storey,124-bed- room ‘lifestyle’ hotel.
Last week,however,it emerged that the application for the new development had been recommended for rejection by planning officers at Thanet District Council.
Margate Estates,who submitted the application last year, said their long term plans for the Kent resort could be put at risk if the hotel was not approved.
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Diner will double as a genuine LA restaurant.According to local reports,the film crew also did an evening crane shot panning the length of the Golden Mile,showing the seafront attractions all lit up.
Indeed,Great Yarmouth has become a bit of a hotspot for Hollywood over the past 12 months, with scenes for ‘Yesterday’ shot on Gorleston beach last year, where over 5,000 extras sang along to some of The Beatles greatest hits.
spokesman for Margate Estates, said:“This is disappointing, particularly as there have been only a handful of objections whilst 200 people have written in to express sup- port and the public consultations held in July last year were very well received.
“Margate is being transformed into a place where people want to be, whether that’s to live, to work or just to visit with friends and family.
“Turner and Dreamland have helped put Margate back on the map and we are keen to maintain this positive momentum.
“We have a long-term plan to create more things to do, places to stay and develop the local infrastructure to support it.
“The history of Margate tells you that all the things we are planning for the future-theme park, hotels, music concerts, conferencing – already have proven track records in this town.
“But I do believe that this future success won’t come without a collective effort, to keep working together, to lock-in the progress to date, build on recent improvements and maintain the momentum.”
As well as the hotel, Margate Estates had also hoped the new development would include a restaurant, public meeting rooms and a rooftop bar with panoramic views over the resort’s beach and seafront.
The council’s decision on the application will be taken at the next meeting of its planning committee this week.