Agenda and minutes

Venue: Boulogne Room - Civic Centre Folkestone

Contact: Sue Lewis 

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Appointment of chairman

The committee must appoint a parish councillor to chair the meeting.


Councillor Frank Hobbs was appointed Chairman for the meeting. 


Declarations of interest

Members of the Council should declare any interests which fall under the following categories*:

a) discloseable pecuniary interests (DPI)

b) other significant interests (OSI)

c) voluntary announcements of other interests



Councillor Mrs Jenny Hollingsbee made a voluntary announcement in that she has close relatives living nearby to the Lorry Holding Park and she owns two properties within the area of search for Otterpool Park.  She remained in the meeting during discussions. 



To receive the minutes of the meeting held on 17 November 2016.

Supporting documents:


The minutes of the meeting held on 17 November 2016 were submitted, approved and signed by the Chairman. 


Lorry Holding Area

An update will be given by Chris Lewis, Planning Advisor.


Mr Chris Lewis, Planning Advisor, provided an update on the current position with the proposal to provide a lorry holding park at Stanford West.  It was understood that the owner of Westernhanger Castle was seeking judicial review of the proposals by Highways England and, therefore, whilst it was likely some design work would continue, the understanding was that the publication of the necessary compulsory purchase orders and the establishment of the Community Forum would be held in abeyance until the outcome of the judicial review was known. 


Members noted that Operation Stack had not been implemented lately and Mr Lewis explained that Dover TAP has been refined and improved which has alleviated this.   



Otterpool Park

An update will be given by Chris Lewis, Planning Advisor.



Mr Chris Lewis, Planning Advisor, said that following the community engagement sessions that had recently taken place a report summarising the key issues to emerge would be published on the Otterpool website  It was now proposed to hold some further drop in sessions at a wider range of venues during the course of March, some of which could be specifically for civic and business groups.  Once confirmed the details of the dates and venues for the workshops would be published on the website. 


Councillors questioned why Otterpool was not mentioned on the recent publicised list of new village settlements  and it was advised that Otterpool Town had already been announced as a new garden settlement by the Housing and Planning Minister in November 2016.


Councillors reiterated the importance of local people getting involved in attending consultations and registering their interest on the Otterpool website.


There was concern expressed with regard to the number of proposed houses to be built, up to 12,000.  However, Mr Lewis informed the Councillors that this is a maximum amount and although he could not confirm at this stage what the size of the new settlement would ultimately be, it could be less.  The proposed infrastructure requirement and funding would have an impact on the number of properties built. 


A report setting out opportunities and constraints for new strategic level development in the district up to 2037 was in the process of being prepared with the expectation it would be submitted to Shepway District Council’s Cabinet for consideration at its meeting in April 2017. 







East Kent Business Case


At the request of the Parish Council representatives there was a discussion on the proposals to possibly create a single district council for East Kent. 


Councillor Mrs Hollingsbee advised that the detailed business case in respect of these proposals had only just been published and a copy was available on the Shepway District Council website  Councillor Hobbs said a copy of the business case had also been circulated to parishes by KALC. 


Following discussion the chairman asked if a representative from SDC could attend their next area committee meeting in order to brief them further on these proposals.  It was agreed that this request would be forwarded for appropriate consideration. 










Councillor Peter Coe said the meeting referred to in the minutes of the last meeting had now taken place and as a result by taking up an existing tarmac path at New Romney cemetery a further 28 burial plots and 50 cremation plots could now be provided.