An outline planning application has been submitted for a new 8,000 home garden town near Folkestone in Kent.

The application submitted to Folkestone and Hythe District Council for the scheme at Otterpool park has been put forward by the Council and Cozumel Estates on behalf of the landowners.

The proposal forms part of the government’s garden communities programme, aiming to deliver 200,000 new homes by 2050. It will have a mix of uses and aim to include 50% green space.

As well as having national significance, the application if permitted will help answer the district’s growing housing demands and create and sustain jobs.

Key features of the outline application include the provision of a wide range of housing types, including market and affordable homes, a new health centre, nursey, primary and secondary schools.

The new town will also be well connected to the surrounding area with public transport connections by bus and rail, and news homes located within short distances of local shops, services and amenities.

It is hoped the scheme will enhance the existing landscape and heritage of the area, and help to deliver a 20% biodiversity net gain across the whole site.

The development is also expected to create 9,000 jobs, arising from the construction phase and once the settlement is fully completed, including part time jobs.

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

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

2 April 2019