Frequently asked questions

To make commenting on the planning application as easy as possible, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions for Otterpool Park

How can I view the Otterpool Park planning application?

The easiest way for you to view the plans is to visit the Planning Register where you will be able to find further information regarding Otterpool Park planning application.

A copy of the application and accompanying plans can be viewed online.

The application reference number you will need to type in is Y19/0257/ FH

You can also view a hard copy of the plans at the Civic Centre between 8.30am and 5pm weekdays. (Wednesdays from 9.30am)

Please look out on parish notice boards for details of how the Parish Council will make the plans available for viewing.  

As required by regulations you can view and download an electronic copy of the Environmental Statement.

Planning application link Scroll down to view the Environmental Statement Volumes 1-8

However, paper copies can be purchased directly from: 

Poppy Carmody-Morgan, Quod, Ingeni Building, 17 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 0DE on payment of £600 for a paper copy or £7 for a memory stick.

How can I make comments on the planning application?

If you would like to make a comment about this application, which should relate to land use considerations, you can submit your comments online and registering for an account.

The application reference number you will need to type in is Y19/0257/FH

You will then be able to log in with your chosen password whenever you want to make further comments or track the progress of the application.  

Alternatively, you can email your comments, but you will not be able to track the progress of the application.

Please include the application reference and your name and postal address as we cannot consider anonymous representations.  We are obliged to make any letters or emails of representation on planning related applications available to the public and your name and comments will be viewable. 

Due to the volume of comments expected an automated acknowledgement will be sent and we will aim to upload comments within two working days of receipt.

It will not be possible to send out any individual notifications relating to matters such as amended or additional information, relevant committee dates or the final decision on the application. All updates will be posted to our Otterpool Park timeline page. 

The case officer dealing with this application is Mr James Farrar.

How will the local community be consulted?

Local Authorities have discretion about how they inform communities and other interested parties about planning applications. However, there are minimum statutory requirements for planning applications involving an Environmental Impact Assessment which include a newspaper advert, site notices and the website.

The Local Planning Authority is also notifying by letter all properties within a defined area shown on the map below.  In consultation with Ashford Borough Council, we are also directly consulting a number of properties within the neighbouring district.

Icon for pdf Neighbourhood Notification Area Map [5.05MB]

All material relating to the planning application will also be published online to help facilitate engagement with the public on the planning application.

In addition, the applicant will be running its own consultation event towards the end of the consultation period.  To ensure responses are taken into account by the Local Planning Authority comments should be sent using the methods described above. 

When do my comments need to be submitted?

As this is a large and complex planning application the Local Planning Authority has agreed an extended consultation period beyond statutory requirements.

Please make any comments by 27 May 2019. Failure to respond to this date may jeopardise the chances of your comments being considered in determining this application. 

What are the key documents?

Key planning documents that you might find of interest are:

There are a lot of documents, where should I start?

If you look at the planning application you will see that there are a lot of documents.

We recommend that you start with the 'Guide to the Planning Application' and 'Planning & Delivery Statement' which both give an overview of the proposals. The 'Environmental Statement Non-Technical Summary' gives a summary of how the expected environmental impacts would be addressed, and the 'Design & Access Statement' gives the applicant's ideas on how the proposed development could be designed and what it might feel like as a place.  The 'Development Specification' describes what is being applied for.

Why is this planning application for up to 8,500 new homes when I've heard that the new town could be up to 10,000 homes?

This planning application (within the red line) covers most of the land that is allocated for a new settlement in the draft Core Strategy Review (Policy SS6) which will be examined in public by the Planning Inspectorate.  The planning application submitted is for 8,500 homes, but the masterplan takes 10,000 homes into account. It sets the framework for longer-term growth and includes all the land within the proposed site allocation.

When could a decision be made?

This is a large and complex planning application which will take some time for the Local Planning Authority to determine.   

Before the Local Planning Authority can issue a decision on the planning application we need to know the outcome of the Planning Inspectorate's Independent Examination in Public into the Core Strategy Review. It is difficult to say exactly when this will be but we think that it is likely to be late in 2019.  

Why does the Council have two roles in respect of Otterpool Park?

Folkestone and Hythe District Council has two distinct roles in delivering Otterpool Park. Firstly, as a major land owner promoting the project and secondly as the Local Planning Authority responsible for preparing the Local Development Plan and for determining a planning application. 

The site for the new settlement is being promoted jointly by us (as landowner) and Cozumel Estates; this application has been submitted by Cozumel Estates (in association with the Council as joint promoter). We are a joint Promoter of the scheme working via the Collaboration Board with the appointed consultants to bring forward Otterpool Park.  

We are also the Local Planning Authority that is empowered by law to exercise statutory town planning functions for the district of Folkestone and Hythe.  As the Local Planning Authority we are considering all planning matters relating to a proposed new settlement at Otterpool Park so will act in accordance with best practice having proper regard to national planning guidance and policy.  

We have published an Officer and Member Protocol for Otterpool Park. These protocols seek to ensure that the dual roles of the Council do not lead to conflicts of interest and perceptions of unfairness.  All material planning considerations will be dealt with on their merits irrespective of the Council's land ownership interest.  

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