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Exhibitions begin to have say on housing

By Molly Mileham-Chappell

Residents around Folkestone and Hythe are being invited to attend a series of exhibitions to comment on the district council's major housing plans beyond 2031.

The Core Strategy Review looks at prospects for new homes, considering the government’s target to build 300,000 new homes across the country.

It designed to re-assess the district’s need for more homes and options of where those homes should go.

Otterpool master plan (1291285)
Otterpool master plan (1291285)

The review will form part of the planning policy for the district, including details of the controversial new garden town planned at Otterpool and the expansion of Sellindge.

Cllr John Collier, Cabinet Member for the District Economy, said: “Along with other details, this document explains the opportunity we have to create an attractive and vibrant place at Otterpool Park, build well designed, environmentally friendly homes, and provide new services and amenities, like schools, medical centres and public open spaces.

“This is a very exciting time for our district’s future.

"I hope everyone will help us plan for that future by telling us what they think over the coming weeks.”

The first event will be held tonight (Monday April 16) at the Folkestone Civic Centre between 3pm and 7pm.

Other events will take place between 3pm-7pm on other days, including tomorrow (Tuesday April 17) at Hawkinge Community Centre, Thursday (April 19) at Sellindge Vilage Hall, Tuesday April 24 at Hythe Sports Pavilion on South Road and Wednesday April 25 at 1 St New Romney Scout Group HQ in Church Lane

You can also comment on the review at shepway.gov.uk/planning-consultations

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