Borsetshire Issues and Options

Cliftonville DPD - Preferred Options Report

Issue 1 - The Need for Action in Cliftonville West

Thanet has long been recognised as a deprived area within an otherwise generally prosperous region.  The wards of Cliftonville West and Margate Central contain Thanet's most deep seated and longstanding areas of deprivation, manifested in high levels of social and economic dependency, lack of investment, a generally run down appearance, a high transient population and a community lacking confidence and coherence.

The report by the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit (Improving The Prospects of People Living In Areas of Multiple Deprivation - January 2005), identifies the main drivers of deprivation, and these are closely associated with the symptoms of deprivation suffered in Margate Central and Cliftonville West wards. The report notes that these drivers interact to form a cycle of decline. For example poor quality housing and badly maintained local environments, anti-social behaviour/crime can cause instability in a community, and worsening problems cause those residents who can (generally the better skilled and educated) to move out leaving behind increasing concentrations of deprivation as vulnerable people with little choice move in. This results in a concentration of vulnerable residents who may be unemployed, sick/disabled, low skilled, have criminal records, come from ethnic minorities, be asylum seekers, substance abusers or lone parents. The official statistics for Cliftonville West and Margate Central wards confirm this outcome.

Cliftonville West and Margate Central wards have the highest proportion in Thanet (over double the Thanet rate) of people changing address each year. In-movement exceeds out -movement. This high level of transience combined with the area's existing problems will, if allowed to continue, reinforce and import further dependency and deprivation. In turn this will further erode the prospect of sustainable recovery, and compound perception of the area as a location for people with nowhere else to go, and as a no go area for those who could help stem/reverse the cycle of decline.

The council aims to make the best use of planning policies to help address some of these issues.

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Options - The over-riding need for action in Cliftonville West

Option 1.1 - Develop an over-arching policy across a wide spectrum of issues with the aim of addressing the identified ‘key' problems in Cliftonville West.

Option 1.2 - Leave the area to develop according to market forces with no intervention

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Options - The over-riding need for action in Cliftonville West

Option 1.1 - Develop an over-arching policy across a wide spectrum of issues with the aim of addressing the identified ‘key' problems in Cliftonville West.

Option 1.2 - Leave the area to develop according to market forces with no intervention

Preferred Options and Reasoned Justification
It is the Council's considered opinion, that the problem issues identified in Cliftonville West will, without any council intervention, continue to grow and worsen.  Throughout the various consultations there was an overwhelming consensus over the need for specific action to be continued to address problems in the area, including through planning policy. 

Action

Accept Option 1.1 - Develop a spatial policy for Cliftonville West

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