The Princes Parade Working Group ( a sub committee of Shepway District Council’s cabinet) met in private on 13th March.
The minutes have been published and you can read them on the link below – though they don’t reveal much detail.
The things that were discussed included the business case of the leisure centre; procurement (appointment of contractors); financial viability/ a comparison of PP vs Nickoll’s Quarry; soft market testing – developers for the residential element and the next steps.
The next steps will be:
Planning and Licencing Committee estimate – April 2018
Business Plan to Cabinet May 2018
Progress procurement of core team, leisure operator and phase 1 contractor following PLC and Cabinet decisions.
Commence disposal process for residential/commercial land – Summer, 2018
Ongoing programme of ecological survey work and mitigation.
Construction to commence – 1st Quarter 2019
That last point seems to imply that the planning decision has already been made despite the fact that the planning application has not yet gone in front of the planning committee!
The date for the April planning meeting is Tues 24th 7pm and the May cabinet meeting 2nd May 5pm so please put them in your diary.