This view is South towards Margate Hill and again click on pic to get a full screen view). Could I draw your attention to Cummins to the right of the house in the centre and the pylon to the left of the picture. You might notice the tram lines in the wheat crop ( behind and between the house and pylon). This is prime agricultural land , and the Source Protection Zone 1 for Sparrow Castle Pumping Station begins at the 2nd 'tram' line to the right of the pylon. Enjoy this view.
This picture is a 'montage' because Bertie's ICT skills are not up to doctoring a pic electronically. Its scale might not be spot on but the message is clear. You will need to compare it with the photograph above to realise how visually intrusive these warehouses will be.
CGP want to put their TWO BIGGEST 'X' Type Warehouses ( the core of the re-distribution of Chinese Imports in The China Gateway proposal) onto agricultural land in the most visually intrusive position of all of Phase 1 and on SPZ 1. In addition it is the closest part of their site to Acol Village and will work 24/7 for 365 days a year with HGVs delivering, being unloaded, resorting of loads; HGVs being loaded and departing.
How can our Council Planning Committee possibly allow this travesty of TDC policies to occur? What policies am I referring to? Policy CC2 concerning Chalk Plateau; EP13 on Ground Water Protection Zones: CC9. CC9 is worth quoting:
" Long term protection will be given to the best and most versatile agricultural land. No irreversible development will be allowed on such land unless:
1. It can be clearly demonstrated that there are compelling and overridding reasons for the development to located on high quality agricultural land."
The only compelling reason why such travesties of policy are being contemplated could be because, your Council leadership has possibly already told CGP that it will 'deliver' this planning application to Mr Wills and Mr Seymour Prosser of CGP , 'as approved' by 16th July 2008, despite the democratic planning process that means that we expect all our Councillors involved to weigh up the issues impartially and THEN come to a decision without Party influence or 'favour'?
Could this be why Doug Brown is being chased to ensure it is ready on time for 16th July when common-sense requires longer preparation?
Am I the only one who will weep at the death of the democratic process in Thanet, whilst Mr Wills and Seymour -Prosser crack open the champagne on 16th July with the news that they will be well on their way to a £30,000,000- £40,000,000 return on their land purchase and will be able to repay the Israel Discount Bank?