Monday, 1 February 2016

Ramsgate Slipways Development update

First my email to TDC in blue and the reply in red

To, cllr-chris.wells, cllr-iris.johnston, cllr-robert.bayford

Hi I have looked at the new planning application for the Hornby Visitor Centre on the slipways in Ramsgate and while I am happy with the development there and don’t wish to object to it I can’t find any sign of replacement buildings to operate the slipways on the plans.

Could you please tell me the following.

1 Will the temporary building housing the slipways workshop be replaced with something and if so what?

2 Where will the offices for the slipways boat repair business be?

3 Will all of the replacement buildings the be of the same spec building materials design and so on as the new visitor centre?   


Dear Mr. Child,

My practice submitted the visitor centre application at this important site and I have now received a request from the TDC caseofficer to respond directly to the queries you raise in your e mail dated 23 December 2015 ( you will see I have copied this e mail to Mrs Fibbens).  I welcome your general support to the scheme and hope the following information addresses the questions you have raised. 

The intention is for the extant permission which included the slipway building (restaurant), slipway office/commercial building and conversion of the existing winch room to a fish stall to remain 'live' through the current applications to discharge and vary the relevant conditions. They would be implemented in accordance with the specification as shown on the already approved plans & details.

Subject to the approval of the current conditions applications, the other elements I.e the slipway office/commercial building & winch room etc. would remain implementable through the existing extant permission. 

If approved, the proposed visitor centre building would essentially 'substitute' the permitted restaurant building. The current visitor centre application, once implemented, would in no way impede the functioning of slipways 1 or 3. 

Alternatively, the development of buildings and structures ancillary to the function of the working slipways may be the subject of future application(s) - however this currently falls outside the scope of the current visitor centre application.

I trust this clarifies the position.


Alister Hume

With this one my concern is that without any provision for workshops or offices related to the boat repair business on the slipways we we wind up without viable slipways.

There is a rumour that TDC intend to build some other boat repair facility on the other side of the harbour or in the port.

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