Otterpool Park

Timeline for Otterpool Park

November 2018

Otterpool Park, Planning Performance Agreement Meetings

Planning Performance Agreement Meetings generally take place monthly between the promoter team, the local planning authority and Kent County Council as part of the pre application process for Otterpool Park.

The notes of the meetings can be found here (for further information on the pre application process see Planning Performance Agreement).

pdf icon Otterpool Park Pre -App Meeting Key Points and Actions Oct 18 [409kb]

pdf icon Otterpool Park Pre -App Meeting Actions Nov 18 [382kb]

pdf icon PPA meeting notes Feb 2017 - May 2018 [16Mb]

pdf icon PPA meeting notes May - July 2018 [8Mb]

April 2018

Given the scale and impact of the proposals for Otterpool Park,  the council commissioned consultants Savills to do an independent 'heath check' of the draft framework masterplan before it was finalised. The review looked at the capacity of the site for development, its financial viability and the master planning work completed to date.

pdf icon Savills Draft Framework Masterplan Review [3Mb]


March 2018

On 28 March the Framework Masterplan was approved by Cabinet

pdf icon Otterpool Park Framework Masterplan Report [7Mb]

March 2018

Homes England, the government's new national homes agency, invests in Otterpool Park.

pdf icon Homes England invests in Otterpool Park [130kb]

January 2018

The Terms of Reference for the Otterpool Park Place Panel, that was announced in December 2017, were published.

pdf icon Otterpool Park Place Panel Terms of Reference [7Mb]

December 2017

We announced the appointment of a  team of experts to help make sure that Otterpool Park delivers its potential as a garden town of the future.

The 17-strong Otterpool Park Place Panel will provide independent expert advice to the council and act as a 'critical friend' as plans for the Garden Town move ahead.

Place Panels are teams of experts appointed by a local authority to provide specialist advice and support to make sure that planning applications for large developments conform to best practice in' place shaping'  by creating a great place to live, work and play for the people who live there now and in the future.

The Place Panel will start  work early in the  New Year by reviewing the framework masterplan for Otterpool Park. Full details of membership can be found in press release below.

 pdf icon Otterpool Park Place Panel Appointed [53kb]

November 2017

Recognising the need to deliver new homes for its existing and future residents, Folkestone & Hythe District Council and Kent County Council (KCC) decided to put in a bid to the Government's Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF). The HIF is an opportunity to forward fund the necessary infrastructure to accelerate investment and diversify the house building market creating a new community at Otterpool Park.

We are pleased that KCC decided to prioritise Otterpool Park as an exceptional bid seeking almost £300 million funding for physical infrastructure necessary to de-risk and accelerate its delivery.  The councils have been working closely together to prepare the bid, which is now being assessed by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Kent County Council Housing Infrastructure Bid

In September 2017 we produced a draft Charter for Otterpool Park that set out in more detail our aspirations for this new garden town. Following public consultation and consideration by the Council's Cabinet, revisions have been made to the Charter  which is now completed.

pdf icon A Charter for Otterpool Park [15Mb]

We are also publishing the comments received on the draft.

pdf icon Comments received on A Charter for Otterpool Park [302kb]

October 2017

A report on the Community Engagement events carried out in  June was published on the Otterpool Park website.

Stage 2 Community Engagement Report

Government announces £155,000 funding to support our  work on the proposal for a new garden town at Otterpool Park, including preparing a masterplan that will guide its development over the coming 30 years and ensure  all the right services and facilities are put in place.

Cash boost for gardens town

September 2017

We have produced a draft Charter for Otterpool Park that sets out our aspirations for this new garden town. The document builds on the high level principles set out in the Expression of Interest submitted to Government in June 2016.

The draft Charter focuses on creating a place that is truly environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

We welcome comments on the draft Charter which can be viewed at  the link below.

pdf icon A Charter for Otterpool Park - Consultation Draft [3Mb]

Comments should be received by 17 October 2017 at the latest so as  to ensure they are considered by the Council.

You can make comments by emailing  us at

June 2017

A Planning Performance Agreement has been agreed between Folkestone & Hythe District Council, Kent County Council, and Cozumel which sets out an efficient and transparent planning process for taking forward Otterpool Park. Further details can be found using the link below.

 Major projects in the district

A further series of community engagement events were held from 22 to 24 June. The panels from the sessions, which provide information on some of the topics discussed, are now available to view on the Otterpool Park website.

Second Stage of Engagement on Otterpool Park

You can also view the presentation used at the events.

Otterpool Community Engagement Presentation

May 2017

A report on the Community Engagement events carried out in December was published on the Otterpool Park website.

Stage 1 Community Engagement Report

April 2017

The Stage 1 Feasibility and Capacity Study, prepared by Arcadis, was published on the Otterpool Park website. These studies will inform the design of the proposed garden town as the project moves forward to Stage 2 and the development of a Framework Masterplan, which will outline a suggested layout and design for Otterpool Park.

Arcadis Stage 1 Feasibility Report

The protocols for officers was updated.  The protocol establishes a clear delineation between the two distinct roles that we have in relation to Otterpool Park  - landowner and Local Planning Authority.

pdf icon Otterpool Park - Officer Protocol - Version 2 [111kb]

March 2017

To answer some of the questions asked by residents about Otterpool Park a booklet was delivered across the district.

A briefing note entitled 'Review of outcomes resulting from Department for Communities and Local Government funding 2016/17' was also produced as a report for central government.

pdf icon Otterpool Park - your questions answered [6Mb]

pdf icon Review of outcomes resulting from DCLG funding 2016/17 [102kb]

December 2016

The first events in a programme of engagement on the masterplanning process are held from 8 December to 10 December.

Details are published on a new website, launched by the design team to provide information to residents and businesses about the masterplanning process on behalf of Folkestone & Hythe District Council and Cozumel Estates.

Otterpool Park Community Engagement Events December 2016

November 2016

On Friday 11 November the Government announced its support and funding for Otterpool Park.

Otterpool Park - A Garden Town for the Future

Government announcement - Otterpool Park

October 2016

Protocols for Members and officers were agreed by Cabinet and the Corporate Management Team respectively to distinguish between the two distinct roles that we have in relation to Otterpool Park  - landowner and Local Planning Authority. The protocols establish a delineation between those two functions.

pdf icon Otterpool - Officer Protocol [88kb]

pdf icon Otterpool - Member Protocol [79kb]

The attached briefing notes have been produced to provide an update on Otterpool Park and the Review of the Core Strategy Local Plan of Folkestone & Hythe District Council

pdf icon Otterpool Park: update on progress by Shepway District Council as landowner [70kb]

pdf icon Briefing Note - Review of Core Strategy Local Plan [142kb]

August 2016

All the Parish and Town Councils in the district were invited to a meet with Members and officers to discuss Otterpool Park in more detail, and how they wanted to be involved in future.

pdf icon Read the main points [319kb]

21 July 2016

On Wednesday 20 July, at a meeting of Full Council, Councillor Monk updated councillors on Otterpool Park and announced that the Council intended to publish its Expression of Interest in being part of the Government's garden settlements programme the following morning.

Over the coming months we will be talking with people from across the district so as to fully understand and appreciate the issues that are particularly important to them.

pdf icon Otterpool Park Expression of Interest [28Mb]

17 June 2016

On 17 June 2016 the Expression of Interest for the Otterpool Park Garden Town was submitted to the Department for Communities and Local Government to be considered as part of the Government's programme of "Locally Led Garden Villages, Towns and Cities". We have yet to be informed when we will receive a response from the Government regarding our submission.

9 June 2016

On 7 June 2016 parish councillors from Sellindge, Stanford, Saltwood, Postling, Lympne and Monks Horton were invited by Cllr David Monk, Leader of Folkestone & Hythe District Council to be briefed about the potential Garden Town at Otterpool Park.  Here is a copy of the presentation that was given.

pdf icon Presentation Parish Councils Briefing [809kb]

The following day the Cabinet of Folkestone & Hythe District Council met to consider a report which sets out the case for a potential new garden settlement in the district. The Cabinet voted to approve the submission of an expression of interest for Otterpool Park in response to the Government's prospectus for "Locally Led Garden Villages, Towns and Cities". The draft minutes also contain a note of feedback from the briefing with Parish Councillors and a record of decisions taken at the part of the meeting from which the public had to be excluded. The public were excluded from discussions under paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 as there would be 'Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).' .

Cllr David Monk, Leader of the Council said; "I am very pleased with this outcome. It is the job of all councillors, and Cabinet in particular, to make decisions in the best interest of the people of the district; this is why we were elected. My Cabinet colleagues and I think a Garden Town is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for the district's future, which is why we have voted unanimously in favour of making an expression of interest to government, which we hope will be successful."

"I understand that some members of the public continue to be concerned about aspects of these proposals. I can assure all residents and interested parties that there will be an opportunity to put their views forward as part of the formal consultation that will follow."

pdf icon Draft Cabinet Minutes 8 June 2016 [152kb]

31 May 2016

A nine page report published today sets out Folkestone & Hythe District Council's ambition to create a new garden settlement. The papers will be discussed at the Council's Cabinet on Wednesday, 8 June.

Read the report

06 May 2016

Leader of Folkestone & Hythe District Council, Cllr David Monk, announced on 6 May 2016 the council's intention to bid for a garden town in the area surrounding Otterpool Manor Farm

In March, the government invited local authorities to identify areas for new garden settlements, to increase the overall number of new homes being built nationally. The Department for Communities and Local Government have produced guidance on 'Locally-Led Garden Villages, Towns and Cities.' The government have offered to support local areas wanting to deliver a garden village, town or city.  The first part of this process is to produce an expression of interest.  

In response, Folkestone & Hythe District Council's Cabinet asked for detailed work to be carried out, to establish if the council should submit an 'expression of interest' to the government. 

The council has identified a broad area around Otterpool Manor Farm and developed a set of draft principles that, if approved by Cabinet in June, will form a part of an expression of interest to the government this summer. You can see these below:

Map of South East England
Map of South East England
pdf icon Map of South East England [70kb]

Map of Otterpool Park
Map of Otterpool Park

pdf icon Map of Otterpool Park [1001kb]

Principles for Development
Principles for Development

pdf icon Principles for development [167kb]

Otterpool Park Garden Town could see up to 12,000 new homes being built over the next 30 years within easy reach of nearby villages, towns and the countryside, but with its own businesses, schools and parks.

The tables in this document show the land and number of facilities that might be provided in developments of different sizes:

New Settlements - size, scale and facilities
New Settlements - size, scale and facilities

pdf icon New Settlements - size, scale and facilities [183kb]

April 2016

AECOM conclude their work on the potential for development in and around Junction 11 of the M20 and north of the A20.

pdf icon Land at J11 M20 Advice Note AECOM April 2016 [3Mb]

16 March 2016

The Government invited local authorities to identify areas for new garden settlements to increase the overall number of homes being built nationally

GOV.UK: Locally-Led Garden Villages, Towns and Cities

December 2015

On 17 December 2015 simultaneous exchange and completion took place on the land at Otterpool Manor Farm.

November 2015

On 24 November 2015 Hobbs Parker sent the memorandum of sale confirming that the council's bid to buy the land at Otterpool Manor Farm had been successful.

September and October 2015

Hobbs Parker and Elgars jointly marketed Otterpool Manor Farm, Sellindge.  Bids for the land had to be submitted to them by 20 November 2015.

pdf icon Otterpool Manor Farmland Tender Nov 2015 [852kb]

Summer 2015

AECOM continued to explore the potential for development, at different scales and with different mixes of land use, on land adjacent to Junction 11 of the M20 and north of the A20.

This was intended to assist Folkestone & Hythe District Council assess what might constitute appropriate development at this location. The work was supported by an Interim Utilities Statement and employment market review.

This work was useful in terms of facilitating some initial thinking regarding  the key issues related to strategic housing and employment growth at this location that allowed the growth potential of the area to be explored in more detail.

pdf icon Land at J11 M20 Draft Advice Note AECOM July 2015 [3Mb]

April 2015

The Economic Development Strategy 2015 - 2020 was published. 

This includes (page 7) section 3.6 'identifying and bring forward appropriate sites for commercial development' and the need to explore opportunities for identifying new employment sites in and around the three M20 junctions.  Also one of the priorities in the action plan was:

'Commission master planning and a feasibility study to assess the employment potential at M20 J11 working with landowners and KCC to shape proposals for a lorry park.'

pdf icon The Shepway Economic Development Plan 2015-2020 [2Mb]

pdf icon Shepway in Context [2Mb]

February to May 2015

BBP Regeneration undertook a review of small workspace provision in the district to identify if there were gaps in supply by both type of space and location across the district.

This work identified a gap between the existing stock and latent demand for small workspace in the district and identified a number of suitable locations with potential to meet this need including an out-of-town location with good connectivity at the Junction 11 of the M20.

pdf icon BBP Regeneration - Small Workspace Study May 2015 [1Mb]

December 2014

URS (a company that later became AECOM) submitted a proposal in response to Folkestone & Hythe District Council's invitation to quote for services relating to the potential for land in the vicinity of the M20 Motorway Junction 11 to be developed for high quality employment purposes.

pdf icon M20 Junction 11 Masterplan Final Tender - December 2014 - URS (AECOM) Response [2Mb]

November 2014

As part of our further work to develop our Economic Development Strategy we developed a brief to procure support for our emerging economic development strategy and the supporting land and property market analysis

pdf icon Brief for Masterplanning and Engineering Services November 2014 [148kb]

November 2014

Report C/14/38 was approved by Cabinet on 5 November 2014. The report asked for a virement of £100,000 from the net under spend to fund work during 2014/15 and 2015/16 to examine the rationale and potential scope of economic development related activities within the vicinity of Junction 11 of the M20.

Record of Cabinet Meeting 5 November 2014

May/June 2014

BBP undertook a property market review and commissioned Tibbalds to produce an outline masterplan exploring the potential for the area in and around Junction 11 of the M20 - focusing on employment opportunities in the racecourse area bounded by the A20 and the High Speed 1 railway line.

pdf icon BPP Shepway Land and Property Support brief May 2014 [158kb]

pdf icon Folkestone Race Course & Surrounding Areas Tibbalds May 2014 [1Mb]

February/March 2014

Submissions from BBP who were appointed in May to carry out a range of work on strategic land and property matters.

pdf icon BBP Regeneration - Proposal for strategic land and property study February 2014 [5Mb]

pdf icon BBP Regeneration Resubmission - Proposal for strategic land and property study March 2014 [2Mb]

February 2014

As part of our initial work to develop our Economic Development Strategy we procured support across a range of strategic development and property matters as they applied to the whole district.

pdf icon Strategic Land Property Capacity - Brief to Consultants February 2014 [411kb]

pdf icon Strategic Land Property Capacity - Additional Activities for Consultants February 2014 [150kb]

January 2012

Folkestone & Hythe District Council submitted a draft Core Strategy to the Planning Inspectorate for Examination on 31 January 2012 including documents that relate to a draft policy for the redevelopment of the racecourse funded by up to 820 dwellings.

After the initial public hearings and prior to adoption of the Plan, we withdrew the policy contained in the draft plan relating to the proposed racecourse redevelopment.  All of the documents relating to proposed development of Folkestone racecourse can be found on our 2012 Local Plan Evidence Base.

2012 Local Plan Evidence Base


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