Following a public enquiry, Thanet Council has received confirmation that they can enforce a compulsory purchase on the Dreamland site.
The park last operated in 2006 as an amusement park, however has sat derelict amid new development plans up until the present day. All new designs had to revolve around the protected Scenic Railway rollercoaster dating back to 1920, however it is hoped that the compulsory purchase will enable activity in the location to commence.
Leader of Thanet District Council, Cllr Clive Hart, said:
“I’m thrilled with today’s announcement. This is a key step to unlocking the regeneration of the Dreamland site and means we can start to move in the right direction, in partnership with The Dreamland Trust, to progress the future of the site which has been vacant for a significant amount of time.”
Nick Laister, Chair of The Dreamland Trust, commented;
“The Dreamland Trust is delighted that the Secretary of State has backed our plans to reopen Dreamland as a major seaside visitor attraction of regional and national significance. Along with our partners, Thanet District Council, we were confident that our plans would be found to be robust, deliverable and in the public interest. The Trust was very pleased to support the council in its efforts to secure the site to enable us to implement our vision, which has been shown time and time again to be the development that the people of Thanet most want to see happen.
Continuing, Mr Laister referred to when changes will commence;
The residents and businesses of Thanet, and its many existing and future visitors, have waited far too long for work on this project to start. With our funding in place and our plans drawn up, today’s news is hopefully the final major hurdle that we will have to cross.
“The Dreamland Trust is ready to make a start on site and we hope to have Stage One of the project fully open by Easter 2014.
The council will now work to acquire title to the land, which it must secure before access to the site can be granted and work can proceed. Securing title to the land will open up a funding package of over £10 million to deliver the Dreamland project.