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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 January, 2005, 17:46 GMT
Height reduced in seafront plans
Ramsgate site
The site of the retail, leisure and housing development at Ramsgate
The height of a development planned for a Kent seafront has been reduced after original plans sparked protests.

Thanet council gave the go-ahead for the scheme on the former Pleasurama amusement park site in Ramsgate.

Residents were angered by the plans, claiming the 107 apartments, a 60-bed hotel, and restaurants and cafes were too tall and would spoil views.

The council worked with developers and now new plans have been drawn up which show the building to be 10ft lower.

'Eyesore' site

Deputy leader of the council, Cllr Bob Bayford, said: "We have delivered on our promise to listen to residents' concerns over the height of the roof by working with the developers to adjust the plans.

"The site has been a problem for the council and has been an eyesore, as residents know, for many years and I am looking forward to this building going up."

Original plans saw the development stand 11ft above the cliff and opponents said people would not be able to see the beach.

One campaigner, Janet Wood, said: "We are prepared to compromise and the site does need developing and if it does not spoil the views from and to Wellington Crescent and the Royal Harbour then we are just going to have to accept that," she said.


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