An application to convert former stable and barn buildings in Manston into seven holiday lets is expected to be approved by Thanet council’s planning committee next week.
The proposal is for Quex estate property in Alland Grange Lane.
The buildings have most recently been used as a storage facility and car park for Ethelbert Children’s Services in Cheeseman’s Farmhouse, adjacent to the site.
Cheeseman’s Farmhouse is a Grade II listed building. External alterations to the stables will be kept to a minimum.
The proposal is for one 5 bedroom holiday let, roof lights are proposed to provide light to the bedrooms at first floor together with additional openings within the front side and rear elevations and for 6 two and three bedroom holiday lets. Each of the holiday lets would have their own lounge/kitchen areas and bathroom.
One parking space per unit will be provided.
The Thanet council planning officer dealing with the application is recommending it for approval. In a report to councillors they say: “I consider that there will be economic benefits to the local area and positive contribution to Thanet’s visitor economy as the scheme would create jobs during the conversion period and once the holiday let use is in its day-to-day operation and furthermore future occupants could bring additional expenditure in the area.
“The scheme would therefore benefit the local economy and this is given significant weight. In terms of social role of the development, the scheme would provide benefits in creating a high quality built environment providing a good standard of tourist/visitor accommodation. The proposed scheme would bring back into use existing buildings, and the use proposed would safeguard the buildings and prevent deterioration of the buildings with no adverse impact upon the countryside or the adjacent listed building.”
Councillors will make a decision on the application when the committee meets on Wednesday (July 18).