We’ve done a number of reports in Dungeness where many of the properties are quite strange or unique. Set in a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Bird Reserve it is no surprise that Dungeness is used as the location for Doctor Who and other out of this world programmes, it is a peculiar place and so are the properties, nothing ordinary there with building of asbestos, converted from railway carriages, a new rubber clad house as well as timber properties like Derek Jarman’s old house. Oh and overlooking the whole lot and with a background hum is a nuclear power station. Access by one road in and the same road out or by steam train on the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. Cracking fish and chips at The Brittannia almost makes it worthwhile but don’t expect a local shop.
The quantity of asbestos in the buildings there is quite extraordinary though – photo below of an asbestos garage – just imagine a two bedroom house made of this and like this and you’re there.
What seems to be a common them at Dungeness is desire to improve or replace the buildings that are there. We always send clients back to speak to the planning department at the local authority – in this case Folkestone and Hythe – to discuss what planning permission or consent may be granted for.
We thought it would be useful to link to the guidance (Built Environment and the Conservation Area Appraisal) on the Folkestone and Hythe Planning website which gives an overview of the council’s approach to planning, redevelopment and renewal in or on Dungeness.
Whatever you do, take professional advice. There are very few normal buildings in Dungeness, with modern alternates like the rubber house rubbing alongside old huts made of railway carriages, sticky tape, asbestos and lard. OK, not lard, but you get the idea. If you need a survey get in touch with us we will be pleased to help!
(Originally published by Steven Way, 10 November 2011 – updated 10 Jaunary 2018)