Plans unveiled to demolish the Tankerton complex and build eight apartments, a shop and a restaurant

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Plans to demolish a dated complex and turn it into eight chic apartments, a shop and a restaurant have been unveiled.

The developers say the building at 1-3 St Anne’s Road, Tankerton, ‘needs total refurbishment and modernization’.

The current building in St Anne’s Road, Tankerton. Image: Google

There are currently three apartments on the second floor, above the Strode Park Foundation Charity Shop and the Italian restaurant Mucini, which was previously occupied by The Lounge and the CT5 Gin and Fizz Bar.

But Invent Architecture’s plans say the applicants want to provide a “contemporary block of flats” near the Tankerton Circus roundabout which includes eight houses, a retail unit and a restaurant.

It is hoped that the current building will be demolished and replaced by the project.

A planning application sent to Canterbury City Council indicates that the current building has been extended to the front, rear and sides over the years.

“The site is in an area that includes a mix of residential, commercial and retail uses,” it says.

“On this basis, there should be no objection to the planning principle for the increase in residential accommodation in this location…”

“The site is located in a sustainable location, close to many shops and services and several bus lines.

“On this basis, there should be no objection to the development principle for the increase of residential accommodation in this location while maintaining commercial use on the ground floors facing the main street.”

The plans also state that there is ‘no cohesive design theme or architectural style’ in this area of ​​Tankerton – but there is ‘a tendency to modernize and redevelop original properties’.

If the offer is approved, it is hoped that the apartments will offer future occupants views of the coastline to the north.

He says: “The proposals aim to add contemporary design to St Anne’s Road using traditional building forms.

Plans for a new complex in St Anne's Road, Tankerton.  Image: Inventing architecture
Plans for a new complex in St Anne’s Road, Tankerton. Image: Inventing architecture

“The proposed materials harmonize with the existing character of the area using materials that have been recently accepted and constructed and are common in the Tankerton area.”

There would also be white walls to the exterior alongside gray brickwork with oak and equine cladding panels used as part of the scheme ‘adding warmth and texture to the development’.

“The roof would be finished with high quality standing seam zinc profiles,” the request adds.

“The use of double glazing with aluminum frames is offered everywhere with colored frames.”

No details of parking provision were provided in the application, but a bicycle shop with 16 spaces is included in the proposals.

Mucini says he will look to move if development continues.

Strode Park did not respond to a request for comment when asked about his future.

To view the application, visit the City Council Planning Portal by clicking here and search CA/22/00815.

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