The latest planning application for Building 1 on Standard Quay, for change of use to a restaurant, goes before Swale Borough Council’s planning committee on Thursday 12 March. The planning officer’s report to the committee recommends refusal, largely on the grounds that the re-application is not significantly different from the previous one which was turned down by a planning inspector on appeal. The report says the application is contrary to the planning inspector’s decision and to more recent statements by English Heritage in its response to the Neighbourhood Plan.
Despite the unequivocal recommendation of refusal, the application has been referred to the planning committee on the instruction of the Cabinet Member for Planning, Cllr. Gerry Lewin.