Folkestone seafront improvement scheme

Folkestone’s seafront is undergoing a major redevelopment to bring up to 1,000 high quality homes and a mix of beach houses, town houses and apartments.

The scheme will also include:

  • new public open spaces
  • new visitor and leisure facilities
  • a range of commercial spaces for shops, studios and offices.

The redevelopment is primarily being funded by Folkestone Harbour Company.

To start this redevelopment, additional work to the seafront needs to take place. Kent County Council has secured £5.1 million from the Local Growth Fund to invest in the scheme which will:

  • create a ‘green walk’, enabling people to walk or cycle from the town down to the seafront, across the disused railway viaduct, swing bridge and through the old Folkestone Harbour station onto the Harbour Arm. These buildings and structures will be renovated to restore the character of the site, provide space for shops, cafes, restaurants and other small businesses and enable public access to this historically important waterfront location
  • reinforce the beach, with extra shingle dredged from off-shore to widen and heighten the narrower and lower areas of the beach
  • raise the site level of the beach to reduce the risk of flood waters reaching existing properties as well as the new development. The material used will be sourced from the outer harbour, which has the added benefit of increasing the time that fishing and leisure boats can spend in the outer harbour.

This scheme should be completed in August 2017.

Scheme plan

See the masterplan for the redevelopment

Visit the Folkestone seafront website for updates.

Formal decision

The approval to progress the Folkestone seafront improvement scheme was taken by Kent County Council on 14 December 2015.

The decision by the SELEP Accountability Board to grant Local Growth Funding for the Folkestone seafront improvement scheme was made on the 12 February 2016.

Scheme costs

This scheme is being funded by £5.1million Local Growth Fund money provided by Selep, and administered by Kent County Council.

Latest updates

The scheme opened in April 2018 and following a successful summer in 2018, it is gearing up for increased visitor numbers in 2019, with the re-introduction of the big screen and the refurbished Pullman Carriages on the Harbour Arm.

The works to the lift at the Rock Salt restaurant end of the viaduct have been completed, and the viaduct is fully accessible from both ends of the seafront.

The next stage of the project is to introduce housing developments and this will be brought forward.


Get the latest news on the Folkestone seafront website. You can sign up for emails about the development and works and use their interactive map to find out more about this scheme and the wider development.

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