Demolition crew on site at former Swiss Cottage pub in Ramsgate

Demolition at Braces in Ramsgate Photo Trevor Coles

Demolition of the former Braces pub -formerly The Swiss Cottage and before that the Duke of Kent – in Ramsgate is now taking place (January 14).

It follows the granting of an application by Thanet council last August.

The King Street property has been empty for more than a decade and had become a dumping ground, attracting rats. Residents at the rear of the property have also previously raised fears for the safety of a number of young people who have trespassed at the site.

Photo Nathan Coade

A notice of demolition was issued last September. The work will be carried out by Aylesham based Goody Demolition.

A revised planning application for the site was submitted last year and is still awaiting decision.

In 2017 permission was granted for it to be razed to the ground to make way for nine, two-bed flats .

A previous application for 11 flats at the site was refused. An appeal in 2010 against the decision  was unsuccessful.

Photo Nathan Coade

But the pub was then put on the sales market again for offers in the region of £385,000.

According to Land Registry £350,000 was paid for the site by Deal-based Pemberton Estates (SE) Ltd on December 7, 2018.

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The latest application, submitted in March last year with further amendments in August, is for twelve, 2 bed flats and two, 1 bed flats and a communal roof terrace.

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It is also  proposed to create a new section of footpath along the side of the development adjoining Belmont Street, extending the curb line into King Street.