Folkestone seafront plans approved

It has been a long time coming, but finally developments have been given the go ahead for the

Folkestone seafront development. An almost unanimous decision last night saw Shepway District Council give the green light to the plans by Sir Terry Farrell to move to the next stage.

The plans will see the old Rotunda site and the harbour area transformed using plans that include 1,000 homes, restaurants, shops and sports facilities. It is hoped that the new plans will breath new life into a rapidly expanding and evolving time.

It is an exciting time for Folkestone and the majority are supportive of the plans. Philip Carter, president of campaign group Go Folkestone said “I’m enthusiastic – this has near total support of the people of Folkestone”. This was a sentiment echoed by Shepway District Council leader David Monk who said it would “mean everything to Folkestone”.

Although this landmark decision means the site can be developed, it will take time to materialise and is projected to take up to 25 years before complete. Folkestone Harbour Company spokesperson Peter Bettley was keen to stress that “we need to find a developer first as well as look at the economic strength of the housing market”.

Here at the Creative Foundation we think it can only mean good things for the town and we are excited to see what happens. We offer our congratulations to all those that have worked hard on getting this far and now we are ready for a brighter future in Folkestone.

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  1. Posted by Annie Catford on August 1, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Twenty five years to wait????? I shall probably be dead, or something very much resembling it!

  2. Posted by JR on August 2, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Appalling decision by Shepway District Councillors! Shame on them.

  3. Posted by Diana Harrison on September 6, 2013 at 6:56 am

    It seems a pity that there are no plans to include an arts centre in the development which could be a permanent centre for organising the Triennial, containing a collection and archive about the Triennial and also as an exhibition space for the wealth of artistic talent there is in and around Folkestone and the Romney Marsh.

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