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Otterpool Park Garden Town

£1.25m government funding for Otterpool Park

The collaboration board at Otterpool Park has welcomed a huge funding boost after the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government announced a £9 million cash injection to speed up the locally-led building of new garden towns and villages across the country. Otterpool Park has been awarded £1.25m – the largest sum of the 21 proposed garden town schemes. Otterpool Park is being promoted by landowners Folkestone & Hythe District Council (F&HDC) and Cozumel Estates. The planning and design work […]

Update on Otterpool Park progress

We recently supplied local newspaper the Folkestone & Hythe Express with a statement updating on the proposed timing of our planning application and future feedback opportunities. You can read it here in full: “Plans are progressing well and hundreds of people have given their views on the development so far, which we have used to inform our plans. “We have increased the amount of green space and at least 40% will be green open space.  Another key adjustment has been to […]

New Otterpool Park update leaflet

A leaflet detailing information about the proposed Otterpool Park has been published. It contains an overview of what Otterpool Park Garden Town is and what is planned, as well as details of how the masterplan has been developed and adapted following feedback from public engagement sessions. The project timeline has been updated to confirm that a planning application will be submitted early in 2019, with further public consultation due to take place following the submission. To view the new leaflet, […]

Better connected with Otterpool Park’s transport network

Along with the homes we’re proposing for Otterpool Park, we must consider how the residents (both new and existing) will get from A to B, how we will connect Otterpool Park with existing communities and we need to think about the impact of extra traffic on rural roads in the area. We’ve been working with Kent County Council, Highways England and other transport operators to do this. How will people get to the different areas of Otterpool Park? This map […]

Thinking differently about water

Water shortage is a key challenge in east Kent, and across the country. The Environment Agency has warned in a recent report, ‘The State of the Environment: Water Resources’ that unless we as a country do more to save water, we’ll see significant supply issues by the 2050s, particularly in the South East. Emma Howard Boyd, chairwoman of the Environment Agency, has said: “Industry must innovate and change behaviours in order to reduce demand and cut down on wastage – […]

Another chance to get the low down on Otterpool Park

People across East Kent are being invited to another public event to find out the latest about plans for Otterpool Park. Hundreds of residents have already given their views, which have helped shape the proposals that will be on display at Westenhanger Castle on Wednesday 20 June between 2pm and 8pm. The drop-in exhibition will be an opportunity for people to see and hear more about the plans for the proposed garden town, and give their views ahead of the […]

Roman remains discovered by Otterpool Park archaeologists

The remains of what is thought to be a Roman villa have been discovered by archaeologists at the Otterpool Park site. The team uncovered the remains last week and are now carefully exploring the area. The discovery was made by archaeology, planning and design consultants who are working with landowners Folkestone and Hythe District Council and Cozumel Estates on proposals for the garden town. Work is ongoing to find out exactly what the remains are and how old they are, […]

Otterpool Park: A modern development, rich in history

Kate Clover, Senior Archaeological Consultant at Arcadis One of the most fascinating – and important – aspects of the Otterpool Park project has been the investigation of the site’s heritage. Research into the area’s history has not only dug up some interesting facts (did you know that Henry VIII used to hunt in the ancient woodland that once covered East Kent?) but is playing a key part in our plans. We’ve identified buildings, historic monuments and landscape features that make […]

Otterpool Park framework masterplan and report published

The framework masterplan for Otterpool Park – a proposed garden town near Folkestone in Kent – has been published, unveiling dynamic proposals for investment in high-quality homes, jobs, green space, services and facilities that will serve the area for decades to come. The proposals address the desperate need for housing locally and create exciting new opportunities for residents by making connections between communities, with businesses and education providers, and with the rest of the UK and beyond. The garden town […]

The green space: A ‘garden mosaic’

By Aydin Zorlutuna, Landscape and Green Infrastructure for Otterpool Park One of the most significant features of the Otterpool Park proposals is the outdoor space. Kent is, after all, the Garden of England and the garden town principles that are guiding our plans highlight the importance of the landscape in providing all sorts of benefits to individuals and communities. There are many components that together will form the Otterpool Park landscape, with each element enhancing the overall picture – a […]