Our development proposal is well designed, sensitive and appropriate for this important site in the town. The completed project will greatly enhance the attractiveness of the area and bring considerable benefit to all be they a visitor, worker or resident of Whitstable.
Public open space with tiered seating and sea views
Café / Commercial Building
The development site comprises ‘two sites’; these are referred to and known locally as the ‘Oval Chalet’ and the ‘Tile Warehouse’.
The ‘Oval Chalet’ fronts Sea Wall and forms the north - west part of the overall site. The land owned by Canterbury City Council was leased for boat storage from 1961. The lease expired on 30th March 2013 since when the site has been unused and has become overgrown and an eyesore. The site area is 679m² together with 54m² of associated access route.
The ’Tile Warehouse’ fronts Sea Street and forms the south - east part to the overall site. As the name suggests the property was used as a large retail area for the storage and sale of tiles and associated products. Trading ceased in 2016. The site area is 907m²
The approved scheme is the result of four years of design development with Canterbury City Council Officers, public consultation and discussions with Kent Highways. Liaison with all of the statutory authorities ensured that the final scheme design met all requirements.
The comments and concerns of the public expressed during the design development and public consultation process resulted in further design changes to reduce the overall height and massing of the earlier designs and increase the area of public open space.