Submitted to Thanet District Council, the application has been developed in conjunction with IHG Hotels and the brand Holiday Inn Express. The club said it reflects the increased demand for hotel rooms in Thanet and will provide not only a first-class facility for football teams but also a sporting hub for the community.
The application comprises two main elements; the east stand and the north stand. The former will include the hotel together with restaurant and bar facilities. The building will also have space for Margate FC club offices and a club shop together with the stadium control room. The stand will be all-seater and have a capacity of 650.
The north stand will be a terrace with a capacity of 1,300 and behind it, there will also be space for first team home and away changing facilities, together with ancillary spaces associated with the first team.
Speaking about the planning developments, Club Chairman, Terry Painter said: “This is an exciting step forward in the evolution of our plans to secure a long-term, sustainable and exciting future for Margate Football Club. Lots of hard work has taken place to get us to this stage and I’m sure supporters and members of the local community will see these plans and be equally as excited as us.”
“We hope our supporters can play their part in this by sending a letter of support or an email to the planning department at Thanet District Council indicating both their support and the need for this facility to allow Hartsdown Park to develop and grow. We will ensure we keep our supporters, partners and the local community fully up-to-date as we head to planning committee.”