Oval Regeneration

To learn about the various regeneration projects taking place at The Oval Bandstand & Lawns please click on the following links:

Planning Application

We recently submitted the following planning application documents to Thanet District Council:

The planning application reference is F/TH/23/1614 and the description is as follows:

Part retrospective application for a part change of use of the toilet block & store room (The Oval Pavilion) to an events bar and a cafe together with external alterations; use of amphitheatre for outdoor cinema/market/concert/sports/dance or theatre; external terrace for seating and access ramps, hand-rails within the bandstand amphitheatre; part demolition of sections of external wall to facilitate step-free access; installation of a timber fence and gates within the bandstand amphitheatre; installation of shipping containers to provide multiple retail/commercial/storage spaces and associated equipment and works; installation of a demountable perimeter fence [and] gates to amphitheatre auditorium for a temporary time period (31 December 2026); erection and display of non-illuminated information boards and site entrance signs across the site; installation of street furniture; creation of a wellness garden with outdoor gym and associated equipment and works; erection of a greenhouse, perimeter fence and gate within the existing garden maintenance area.

To propel these exciting initiatives forward please send a supportive email to: planning.services@thanet.gov.uk
For your email endorsement to be valid, please ensure to include the application reference number F/TH/23/1614, your full name, and your complete postal address.
It is also possible to comment directly via TDC’s website quoting the reference number F/TH/23/1614: https://www.thanet.gov.uk/info-pages/planning-application-search/

The council will consider only ‘material considerations’ in relation to comments on planning applications, however it does not expect everyone to be an expert in planning law, so it is perfectly acceptable to simply state where you live, how the proposals will positively impact you, and the reasons behind your support. For those interested in offering a more detailed response regarding specific aspects of the planning application, comprehensive guidance notes are available below, which you can adapt and include in your comments.

Planning Guidance Notes
  1. The planning application for The Oval outlines a comprehensive strategy aimed at revitalising this historic coastal events venue. Demonstrating GRASS’s commitment to Cliftonville’s community, the proposals exhibit careful consideration and attention to detail, addressing residents’ needs and desires.

  2. GRASS Cliftonville CIC’s application focuses on transforming a previously neglected site into a beacon of positive community use. Beyond physical rejuvenation, it envisions The Oval as a thriving hub fostering community engagement. This aligns with the goal of enhancing Cliftonville residents’ quality of life.

  3. Addressing years of neglect, proposed changes aim to create a renewed and appealing space for residents. GRASS’s commitment extends beyond physical restoration to uplifting the area’s ambiance and aesthetics.

  4. Security measures outlined for the amphitheatre aim to mitigate longstanding vandalism issues, fostering a sense of safety. Inclusive design features ensure accessibility, promoting a welcoming environment for all individuals.

  5. Regular community consultations illustrate GRASS’s dedication to involving residents in decision-making.

  6. The proposed wellness garden reflects a commitment to environmental sustainability and community well-being.

  7. CCTV-equipped bicycle storage areas promote sustainable transportation, reducing the community’s carbon footprint.

  8. Reusing existing structures underscores GRASS’s commitment to sustainability and minimises waste.

  9. Alignment with community preferences, evidenced by positive feedback, ensures the regeneration efforts resonate with residents.

  10. Improved infrastructure and amenities aim to meet residents’ recreational, social, and cultural needs.

  11. Enhancement of green spaces contributes to overall sustainability, promoting biodiversity.

  12. Inclusive design ensures that The Oval’s amenities are accessible to all, reflecting a forward-thinking approach.

  13. The proposed wellness garden holds potential for enhancing community well-being beyond physical infrastructure.

  14. Transparent communication strategies foster collaboration and shared responsibility.

  15. Increased biodiversity aligns with the community’s desire for a greener space, providing residents with a closer connection to nature.

  16. Flexibility in design ensures The Oval’s long-term relevance and positive impact.

  17. Shipping container retail units nurture new businesses, contributing to local economic development.

  18. Emphasis on local employment opportunities demonstrates GRASS’s commitment to community development.

  19. Covered seating areas minimise disruptions to community events due to adverse weather conditions, ensuring a pleasant experience for visitors.