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.

Formal scheme approval was made by:

Scheme costs

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

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