In January 2015 the Folkestone Seafront development project received Outline Planning Permission from Shepway District Council.
The outstanding sea views, neighbouring 27-acre coastal park and the long stretches of beach combine to create a unique and attractive location for the development. It is situated on the door step of other exciting initiatives in the town including the Creative Quarter, the renowned Folkestone Triennial public art exhibition, Folkestone Artworks, the public interactive fountain and Mark Sargeant’s Rocksalt restaurant.
This seafront quarter will be a place to live, work, visit and play. The restored harbour and renovated station will sit at the heart of the development which will offer a selection of shops, cafés, bars and restaurants, public spaces, sports and recreation amenities, and has the scope for up to 1000 homes.
The re-development of Folkestone Seafront is a rare and unique opportunity. Extensive time and resources continue to be invested in the project. The scale of the development and our aim to create a high-quality environment means that every detail from the infrastructure to the sea views, from the visitor experience to estate management needs to be carefully considered.
Folkestone has a great chance to benefit from the opportunities on offer, with the high speed link to and from London and its excellent connections to Europe, the town is at an exciting transitional stage of development. Folkestone has attracted a great deal of national and international attention and other notable developments are either planned or under way in the town.
The harbour and surrounding area has many links to the rich maritime history of Folkestone and these links will be partly preserved and extensively explored in the new development. The viaduct and the swing bridge, which are Grade II listed, will form part of the new public access from the northern side of the harbour to the refurbished Harbour Arm and the future development.
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