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Regeneration and Development

Thanet District Council is actively encouraging new and existing businesses which support growth in the local and visitor economy.

Invest Thanet  is just one of the council’s many initiatives – a partnership approach to identify and support public and private investment in the district to benefit Thanet’s residents, businesses and visitors. 

The success of Turner Contemporary has highlighted the role the visitor economy can play in regenerating such areas as Margate Old Town – transforming vacant and derelict properties into independent shops, restaurants and galleries and attracting investment for new high-quality visitor accommodation.  Since opening in 2011, the art gallery has exhibited the work of countless international artists, including Turner Prize nominees and winners Antony Gormley, Tracey Emin, Yinka Shonibare and Paula Rego, attracting over 2.8 million visits so far from all over the world.

In 2019 Turner Contemporary held the Turner Prize. One of the best-known prizes for the visual arts in the world, the Turner Prize aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art.

Dreamland is one of Britain’s oldest surviving amusement parks and has been an essential part of Margate’s identity for nearly 100 years.

Thanet District Council’s efforts to secure the site has unlocked significant regeneration works and, along with the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Dreamland Trust and other public organisations, has helped secure £18m of public funding. It is likely that the site’s jewels - the Grade II* listed Scenic Railway; the Grade II* listed cinema complex and the Grade II listed menagerie cages - would have further degenerated without this intervention.

Alongside the operator’s new and rejuvenated offer which opened on 26 May 2017, the council has undertaken the next phase of redevelopment to restore the front of the cinema building and bring the iconic Sunshine Café back to life. 

Other regeneration projects supporting Thanet as a visitor destination include improvements to Ramsgate Harbour and Ramsgate Harbour arches (

In 2017, Historic England chose Ramsgate as one of the country’s first ten Heritage Action Zones. It was given this status as part of a scheme run in partnership with Thanet District Council, Ramsgate Coastal Community Team, Ramsgate Town Council and The Ramsgate Society.  Being chosen as a Heritage Action Zone will raise the awareness of Ramsgate as a heritage destination to attract visitors and investors. (

Discover the many ways Thanet is changing and how Thanet District Council is leading the way to grow and regenerate the Isle’s economy making it a better place to visit, to work, to live and fit for the 21st century:

Read case studies of businesses that have invested in the area in the Invest in Thanet section