Planning and other things

Some call it the ‘Decca Station’, others the ‘Marconi Site’ but whatever you call it it is a mess having bee allowed to deteriorate over the years.

As it is today – a wreck.

A planning application for its redevelopment, in keeping with what is already there, was finally rejected – after two years of negotiations with planners, Natural England and locals.

Local ‘here today gone tomorrow’ Councillors poked their oar in with such comments as ‘ugly’ ‘not in keeping’, ‘don”t like it’ etc. One non-resident owner started a petition against its ‘revival’, getting it is understood, 28 signatures. As there are only forty of us living here permanently and all those consulted over the proposals were in favour, it does beg the question as to where the complainants come from.

Anyway, the property has been purchased and the new owners have submitted plans for a modest little bungalow which is quite in keeping – whatever that term means. BUT the anti brigade are out in force to prevent it on the most pathetic of grounds – including one who seems to think digging a hole to insert a septic tank, will undo all the, alleged, good work Natural England do in preserving this hither to barren expanse of beach – but now an overgrown mass of grass weeds and brambles.

It is worth having a look at the comments posted on the Shepway District Councils planning application web site for the comments – most of which come from people who don’t live here.

As it would have been.

This is a private estate, not dedicated to the public and I suggest if anyone does not like the way we live here then keep away.

As if one small bungalow, sitting on the same footprint of a structure that is already there is going to have such a dramatic effect on the area is nonsensical.

As it is likely to be subject to planning consent.

It should be remembered that those, fortunately with the money, are prepared to replace structures here that will be around for another 100 years or so (or until the tide comes in and puts us back to boggy marsh) and the fact they may not be to everyone’s liking is irrelevant – as Dungeness is unique for many reasons including the sheer diversity of the structures (shacks) that have been built here over the years. There can be no argument that something is not in keeping as something HAS to be different to qualify to be IN keeping.

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