The MNPF has designated a preferred neighbourhood plan area.
The area proposal has been submitted to our Local Planning Authority for consultation and approval.
At the MNPF meeting, held on September 30th 2013 at 6-7.30pm at the Mayor’s Parlour in the Old Town Hall, Market Square, Margate, it was unanimously agreed that the Neighbourhood Plan area should include the entirety of the following 7 constituent Margate Wards:
– Cliftonville East
– Cliftonville West
– Dane Valley
– Margate Central
It was considered that these seven ward boundaries would be the most expedient territorial adoption, bearing in mind the technical and administrative requirements of carrying out a referendum.
How the area was chosen:
• Margate is formed of many communities, who share a desire to see the town sustainably regenerated to its former splendour, ensuring its heritage assets are safeguarded for future generations. The Margate Neighbourhood Forum is formed of representatives from across these various localities, united by this common goal.
• During all our initial participative Forum meetings, the consideration of the boundary was given much thought and debate amongst members. We used printed maps from the outset for each Forum member to draw an outline of the boundary they felt should be included, which was then consolidated into a single diagram (below). This discussion was advanced with the use of a large printed Local Plan map, and with reference to the District Council and County Council ward maps. Interaction and debate was encouraged to reach a decision that was ultimately supported by all members by a majority vote. 2
As a group, we discussed and gave consideration to the following criteria:
• the Margate coastline forms a significant boundary and should be approached as a whole
• the green belt perimeter should be safeguarded, to prevent further sprawl towards/ from Broadstairs, which would erode the town’s boundary and identity
• the day-to-day way in which residents and visitors perceive the connected localities within the entire Margate area
• the group reviewed the established boundaries as currently defined by the District Council Wards, County Council Wards and the former boundaries of the Borough of Margate, as well as perceived boundary lines based upon specific physical features
• the consideration of a future referendum at the end of the process and how this would be administered
• the fact that all the localities share an abundance of heritage buildings/ structures, many ‘at risk’, and open spaces which have common assets and concerns
• an inclusive and encompassing approach to the uniform issues and objectives across the whole of Margate
The Margate Neighbourhood Plan Forum proposes to be the qualifying body to draw up the Neighbourhood Plan for the area.