Council to move forward with plans to buy Ramsgate town centre site for studios, cafe and gallery hub

Ramsgate town Photo Brian Whitehead

Cabinet members at Thanet council have agreed to move forward with plans to buy a Ramsgate town centre property to create meeting rooms, offices, creative studios, café-bar, gallery and arts shop.

At a meeting last Thursday (March 2) councillors gave the green light for property and regeneration directors at the authority to complete negotiations for the purchase of a town centre site within a £1.31million externally funded budget.

The money is allocated out of a £2.7million Future High Street Fund which was granted for Ramsgate in 2020 and secured in May 2021 and the £19.8m Levelling Up Fund granted in 2021.

The aim is to provide more workspace in the town centre for creative industries, bringing an empty building back into use and providing a community hub.

This would include 96 workspaces specifically for use by individuals and businesses in the creative industries sector. The site will also provide a central focal point for creative and cultural enterprise, education, training and community engagement.

A property has been identified, although not publicly revealed, and a valuation undertaken. The next steps will be to make a formal offer, subject to a structural survey and instructing the council’s legal team.

A design team has been commissioned to develop a scheme for the building, in anticipation of an acquisition, with a March 2024 deadline for delivery.

Speaking at the meeting ward councillor Tricia Austin (Green) said: “The proposed employment and skills hub in the town centre is extremely exciting.”