About the project
The vision for the new community includes:
- high quality and innovative design
- community facilities including schools, health facilities and local services
- cutting edge technologies
- local employment opportunities
- strategic landscaping, parks and open space
- high quality public realm
The site has excellent transport links. Westenhanger Station, on site, has direct trains to Charing Cross, Folkestone and Ashford International with services to Paris (2 hours), Brussels (3 hours) and London via HS1. The Channel Tunnel is 5 minutes away and the Port of Dover 25 minutes.
The surrounding landscape includes the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The site is also close to the seaside town of Folkestone which offers beaches, a thriving cultural scene and a good range of services including shops, further education and health facilities.
Promoters and partnerships
Folkestone & Hythe District Council controls around 72% of the site through ownership and land options, and has established a bespoke delivery vehicle - Otterpool Park LLP – to act as master developer for the project. The LLP is looking for partners to work with it on building out the site.
Central Government granted the project garden towns status in Nov 2016, has provided 3.5 million GBP capacity funding and assistance with unlocking issues across government. The project is supported by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.
Engagement with local communities and stakeholders started in December 2016 and is ongoing. This includes Kent County Council, neighbouring authorities, businesses, parish councils, statutory agencies and the local community.
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