The plans developed for Canterbury City Council will see underused car parks and derelict buildings and warehouses in the centre of Herne Bay make way for 33 new homes, a new shop, two new workshop/studio spaces, along with 25 car parking spaces and improvements to public areas.
The proposals for Beach Street were approved by the council’s Development Control Committee.
The existing buildings making way for the new development include the former Tivoli shop unit at 73 Central Parade, while number 74 Central Parade which occupies half of a symmetrical pair of bow-fronted Regency townhouses but is in a very poor state of repair, is to be demolished and replaced with a replica building, matching its neighbour once again.
Mayler Colloton, partner at Clague Architects, said: “Beach Street car park lies at the heart of Herne Bay. The existing buildings on site are generally derelict and in a very poor state of repair, particularly the Tivoli which is a later infill building and detracts from the Conservation Area and Central Parade.
“The design of this new development for Canterbury City Council has been undertaken with great care to ensure it fits into the scale and textures of the built context and enhances this part of Herne Bay, introducing much needed new homes & businesses.
“The proposed infill building on Central Parade replacing the derelict Tivoli building will in particular serve to repair this damaged but very important part of the conservation area.”