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Plan to turn former gasworks in Ship Street, Folkestone, into houses takes next steps

The next steps have been taken in the plans to turn a former gasworks into a housing estate.

Arup and Fletcher Priest architects have now been appointed to "assist the masterplan design work" in Ship Street, Folkestone.

A sketch released by FHDC on how the development could look
A sketch released by FHDC on how the development could look

The proposals by Folkestone & Hythe District Council (FHDC) were given the green light in September last year.

They will see the site, located between Foord Road and Bournemout Road, that has been derelict since 1956 transformed into new homes.

This could include a mix of energy-efficient homes with courtyard gardens, commercial space and public creative and cultural space.

Cabinet member for special projects Cllr David Godfrey said: "We are looking forward to bringing the site forward, helping to repair this long-standing tear in the urban fabric of Folkestone.

"We continue in our plan to transform this unsightly plot into a highly attractive and sustainable development that benefits the local community and positively adds to the distinctive cultural character of Folkestone."

The land at the derelict gasworks site
The land at the derelict gasworks site

Arup will lead the technical design team, with Fletcher Priest as architect and urban design lead.

Rehana Raja, Arup's commercial property lead for UK, India, Middle East and Africa, said: "The approved development will deliver sustainable new homes for the community, using low carbon, adaptive and regenerative design, sustainable construction and promoting healthy living."

Stina Hokby, associate partner at Fletcher Priest , added: "We look forward to working with Arup, the council and the community to deliver a next generation housing scheme that will benefit the local neighbourhood whilst respecting the history of the site."

The authority is working closely with arts charity Creative Folkestone, with options to integrate art and creativity in the project.

FHDC have confirmed that there will further chances for the public to have their say on ideas in the near future.

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