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Application submitted for new community in Kent

Words: Laura Edgar
Lakeside Town at Otterpool Park / Otterpool Park

An outline planning application for a garden town comprising more than 8,000 homes has been submitted to Folkestone & Hythe District Council.

The project at Otterpool Park is aiming to deliver approximately 50 per cent green space.

Put forward on behalf of the landowners – the council and Cozumel Estates – the scheme will be a mixed-use community, located just outside Folkestone. It is part of the government’s garden communities programme, which aims to deliver 200,000 properties by 2050. They are expected to be well designed, locally led and distinct. Community facilities should be provided alongside housing of a high quality with integrated green spaces.

Otterpool Park is expected to answer the district’s growing housing demands and create and sustain jobs.

Andy Jarrett, spokesperson for Otterpool Park, said: “This is a very welcome milestone in this exciting project and we are pleased to be able to share our detailed plans for the proposed new garden town community.  

“There are still opportunities to contribute to the development of the plans and we will welcome feedback in the coming weeks and months.”

Key points in the application include:

  • Providing a wide range of housing types, both market and affordable.
  • Creation of jobs during both the construction of the development and once the new settlement is complete, equating to approximately 9,000 new jobs, including part-time ones.
  • A health centre, nursery, primary and secondary schools.
  • Locating homes within short walking distance of shops, local amenities and services, as well as connections by bus and rail to the wider area.
  • Enhancing existing heritage and landscape.
  • Delivering a 20 per cent biodiversity net gain across the whole site.

In February 2019, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) pledged £1.25 million to Otterpool Park.

Read more:

News report: Path to a second garden city revolution

Image credit | Otterpool Park