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Plans for stadium 'insufficient'
Hartsdown Park after demolition work
The Hartsdown Park site has stood empty for two years
A non-league football club given permission to build a new stadium has been told its plans are not acceptable.

Margate Football Club was told in October it could start work on a new ground - two years after its former home Hartsdown Park was demolished.

In November Thanet Council gave it 30 days to come up with plans.

The council has now said the proposals submitted were not sufficiently detailed and must be improved but the club says it needs more time.

'Key information'

Hartsdown Park had been Margate's home since 1929.

It was closed and demolished in 2002, with plans for rebuilding on the same site, but work stopped after a disagreement about ownership of the land if the club went bust.

Margate have played at Dover Athletic's ground since 2002, during which time they have been demoted from the Conference because ground-sharing was not allowed at that level.

Dover Athletic's Crabble ground
Margate have been playing home games at Dover Athletic's ground

In October, the council offered the club a 10-year lease on the land with a view to allowing building work to start.

Club bosses said they planned to have the team playing in the new stadium at the start of next season in August 2005.

Plans were submitted to the council in December but the club has been informed the work cannot go ahead "without certain key information".

Council leader Sandy Ezekiel said: "The council wants to move forward with the club but we cannot accept this submission in its current form.

"We will be happy to accept any updates and additional information along the lines we indicated in our discussions with the club up until the point we re-open in the New Year - 4 January."

The club has responded by saying the council should not expect it to come up with new plans over Christmas and the New Year.

A letter from solicitors representing the club states that 90,000 have already been spent on the plans and that the club should be "given a reasonable opportunity to respond".

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