Plans for flats above Margate Post Office to be considered tomorrow
PLANS to convert offices above Margate Post Office into flats will be considered tomorrow.
The vacant properties in the Edwardian building in Cecil Square could be converted into eight flats and the rear demolished to make way for two houses and two maisonettes.
The site was suggested as a potential boutique hotel but rejected as the ground floor and first floor is occupied by the post office and Thanet council.
The council opted for residential use as it concluded there was not sufficient demand for office space and the floor layout was disjointed with no disabled access.
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A report to the TDC planning committee says the removal of the buildings would "provide a sustainable future for this heritage asset".
Thanet council says the conversion into flats ties in with its policy to convert the housing stock from bedsit and flat conversions back to houses.
A council spokesman said: "The council is committed to helping rebalance the housing stock and we include family housing where we can.
"The proposals include two semi-detached houses, with their own gardens and two maisonettes, one of which will have a courtyard area."
A report and the post office application will be considered by Thanet council's planning committee.