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Folkestone Place Plan

Creating the future of Folkestone Town Centre

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Join us at the virtual public event at 6pm Monday 19 April.

Commissioned by us. Designed by all.

A place plan is a blueprint for how a certain area will evolve and we want to get everyone involved in designing what Folkestone Town Centre should look like in the future.

After input from experts and a thorough engagement process with the community output documents will be produced that will guide the direction of Folkestone Town Centre for years to come. Doing this work now will mean that Folkestone Town Centre can maximise it's potential in the future benefitting residents, businesses and the wider district.

To get involved in this exciting process just get in touch at placeplan@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk and we'll make sure you are kept informed.

How to get involved

Bright Idea Image                                                       We want to hear what you think. We're holding a virtual public event at 6pm on Monday 19 April to provide everyone with a chance to share their views. A virtual webinar will share the emerging priorities and vision for discussion. This will be followed by a survey to capture individual comments.  You can sign up to this event via the Eventbrite link below:

Stakeholder engagement update 

The engagement process for the Folkestone Town Centre Place Plan makes a commitment to listening to the full spectrum of Folkestone's communities.

We Made That have held a series of focused workshops and one-to-one conversations over February and March. The team have spoken to strategic & delivery partners, key stakeholders, community & interest groups, business groups and residents groups. The presentations and notes from the workshops are available in the Downloads section.

If you have any feedback or comments please get in touch with us at placeplan@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk 

Making it happen

It all starts with getting the right expertise and we went out to tender at the end of 2020 to find an experienced partner who could lead on the project.

Architecture and urbanism firm We Made That impressed with their strong track record of promoting positive change in town centres. They'll head the design team for the project and be the overall lead firm. They are also going to lead on engagement and are bursting with innovative ideas to engage our communities - something that is so important for this project.

On top of this We Made That has brought together expert businesses in different fields to bring their specific skills to the project:

  • Architects Fletcher Priest will advise on the architecture of specific opportunity sites
  • Transport and infrastructure consultants Steer will look into town centre access
  • Socio-economic analysts PRD will advise on economy and town centre business opportunities
  • The Night Times Industry Association will provide support to review the existing licensing policy

These experts will be working with us, residents, businesses and the wider community to find out what makes Folkestone Town Centre tick and what needs to be done. Folkestone Town Centre has so much potential and we are keen to build on previous investment in the town and its natural strengths to create the best possible evolution of Folkestone

We Made That will start asking the local community for their input later this year.

Folkestone Place Plan Key Milestones

The timeline so far...

Keep an eye on this page for further updates as the project progresses.

Want to get in touch? Any queries about the Place Plan project can be sent to placeplan@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk 

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