Cains consider multi-million pound Herne Bay development

Cain's Amusements possible Herne Bay seafront development
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The owners of Cain’s Amusements are considering plans to erect a pair of three-storey houses on Herne Bay seafront, after failing to attract “a good enough offer” for a family-owned Western Esplanade plot.


Proposals for the “incredibly modern” properties were approved by Canterbury City Council in 2019, with the completed houses expected to feature home cinemas and gyms, and a price tag of £1.5m each.

“They’re going to look incredibly modern,” Tom Cain told Kent Online, stating the development “will bring the whole street up, as well as the whole area.”

“[Estate agent] Wilbee and Son get phone calls every week asking about the land. No one came forward with a good enough offer, but everything’s for sale at the right price. At the start of next year – in spring time we’ll think about whether we’ll start it and when we’ll do it, or if we’ll sell it.”

The land has been on the market since 2020, with the agent stating “there’s nothing like it in the town unless you demolish something.”

“We’ve had this overspill from London, and anything down the coast from Whitstable right the way down to Thanet is extremely popular. Now properties are touching the £1m mark, and we’ve never seen this in Herne Bay before.”

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