In January 2015 the Folkestone Seafront development project received Outline Planning Permission from Shepway District Council.
The project aims to build upon the substantial regeneration work that is taking place in the area, including the development of the Creative Quarter, the renowned Folkestone Triennial public art exhibition, Folkestone Artworks, the public interactive fountain and Mark Sargeant’s Rocksalt restaurant. These improvements have made the harbour area more attractive to visitors and residents, bringing benefits for the local economy.
The project aims to create a thriving seafront quarter that is a place to live, work, visit and play. The unique coastal setting aims to 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’s regeneration 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 structures, 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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