I booked out the planning files for the development of 26 flats at Hoser's Corner today. I went to view them at The Gateway aka Margate Library. When I got there, I was told one of the files was missing and couldn't be found, despite them searching the basement. This is the file for actual permission that's was granted on July 25th 2007 (05/0070).
The file I viewed (10/0289) contained an email exchange on May 12th 2010 where Thanet Council's Planning Manager informed Clive Hart: "The application is contrary to the Cliftonville DPO and therefore we would refuse the application under delegated authority."
There was no record in the file about the Building Control site visit in the July or a mention of authorisation of commencement of works. There was a a copy of the 2007 permission with each of the outstanding conditions highlighted that still had to be submitted and approved prior to works commencing.
To all intents and purposes, there is no documentary evidence of the permission being approved in the files available at the Council and online.
There is a Full Plans Building Control Application (FP/80967/10)dated June 20th 2010. For 26 flats this full application will have cost many thousands of pounds, plus the drawing of the detailed plans.
See Thanet's Building Control fee table: