Timeline for Otterpool Park
The first events in a programme of engagement on the masterplanning process are held from 8 December to 10 December.
Details are published on a new website, launched by the design team to provide information to residents and businesses about the masterplanning process on behalf of Shepway District Council and Cozumel Estates.
On Friday 11 November the Government announced its support and funding for Otterpool Park.
Protocols for Members and officers were agreed by Cabinet and the Corporate Management Team respectively to distinguish between the two distinct roles that we have in relation to Otterpool Park - landowner and Local Planning Authority. The protocols establish a delineation between those two functions.
The attached briefing notes have been produced to provide an update on Otterpool Park and the Review of the Core Strategy Local Plan of Shepway District Council
All the Parish and Town Councils in Shepway were invited to a meet with Members and officers to discuss Otterpool Park in more detail, and how they wanted to be involved in future.
21 July 2016
On Wednesday 20 July, at a meeting of Full Council, Councillor Monk updated councillors on Otterpool Park and announced that the Council intended to publish its Expression of Interest in being part of the Government's garden settlements programme the following morning.
Over the coming months we will be talking with people from across the district so as to fully understand and appreciate the issues that are particularly important to them.
17 June 2016
On 17 June 2016 the Expression of Interest for the Otterpool Park Garden Town was submitted to the Department for Communities and Local Government to be considered as part of the Government's programme of "Locally Led Garden Villages, Towns and Cities". We have yet to be informed when we will receive a response from the Government regarding our submission.
9 June 2016
On 7 June 2016 parish councillors from Sellindge, Stanford, Saltwood, Postling, Lympne and Monks Horton were invited by Cllr David Monk, Leader of Shepway District Council to be briefed about the potential Garden Town at Otterpool Park. Here is a copy of the presentation that was given.
The following day the Cabinet of Shepway District Council met to consider a report which sets out the case for a potential new garden settlement in the district. The Cabinet voted to approve the submission of an expression of interest for Otterpool Park in response to the Government's prospectus for "Locally Led Garden Villages, Towns and Cities". The draft minutes also contain a note of feedback from the briefing with Parish Councillors and a record of decisions taken at the part of the meeting from which the public had to be excluded. The public were excluded from discussions under paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 as there would be 'Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).' .
Cllr David Monk, Leader of the Council said; "I am very pleased with this outcome. It is the job of all councillors, and Cabinet in particular, to make decisions in the best interest of the people of Shepway; this is why we were elected. My Cabinet colleagues and I think a Garden Town is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for Shepway's future, which is why we have voted unanimously in favour of making an expression of interest to government, which we hope will be successful."
"I understand that some members of the public continue to be concerned about aspects of these proposals. I can assure all residents and interested parties that there will be an opportunity to put their views forward as part of the formal consultation that will follow."
31 May 2016
A nine page report published today sets out Shepway District Council's ambition to create a new garden settlement. The papers will be discussed at the Council's Cabinet on Wednesday, 8 June.
06 May 2016
Leader of Shepway District Council, Cllr David Monk, announced on 6 May 2016 the council's intention to bid for a garden town in the area surrounding Otterpool Manor Farm
In March, the government invited local authorities to identify areas for new garden settlements, to increase the overall number of new homes being built nationally. The Department for Communities and Local Government have produced guidance on 'Locally-Led Garden Villages, Towns and Cities.' The government have offered to support local areas wanting to deliver a garden village, town or city. The first part of this process is to produce an expression of interest.
In response, Shepway District Council's Cabinet asked for detailed work to be carried out, to establish if the council should submit an 'expression of interest' to the government.
The council has identified a broad area around Otterpool Manor Farm and developed a set of draft principles that, if approved by Cabinet in June, will form a part of an expression of interest to the government this summer. You can see these below:
Map of South East England
Map of South East England [70kb]
Map of Otterpool Park
Map of Otterpool Park [1001kb]
Principles for Development
Principles for development [167kb]
Otterpool Park Garden Town could see up to 12,000 new homes being built over the next 30 years within easy reach of nearby villages, towns and the countryside, but with its own businesses, schools and parks.
The tables in this document show the land and number of facilities that might be provided in developments of different sizes:
New Settlements - size, scale and facilities
New Settlements - size, scale and facilities [183kb]
AECOM conclude their work on the potential for development in and around Junction 11 of the M20 and north of the A20.
16 March 2016
The Government invited local authorities to identify areas for new garden settlements to increase the overall number of homes being built nationally
On 17 December 2015 simultaneous exchange and completion took place on the land at Otterpool Manor Farm.
On 24 November 2015 Hobbs Parker sent the memorandum of sale confirming that the council's bid to buy the land at Otterpool Manor Farm had been successful.
September and October 2015
Hobbs Parker and Elgars jointly marketed Otterpool Manor Farm, Sellindge. Bids for the land had to be submitted to them by 20 November 2015.
AECOM continued to explore the potential for development, at different scales and with different mixes of land use, on land adjacent to Junction 11 of the M20 and north of the A20.
This was intended to assist Shepway District Council assess what might constitute appropriate development at this location. The work was supported by an Interim Utilities Statement and employment market review.
This work was useful in terms of facilitating some initial thinking regarding the key issues related to strategic housing and employment growth at this location that allowed the growth potential of the area to be explored in more detail.
The Shepway Economic Development Strategy 2015 - 2020 was published.
This includes (page 7) section 3.6 'identifying and bring forward appropriate sites for commercial development' and the need to explore opportunities for identifying new employment sites in and around the three M20 junctions. Also one of the priorities in the action plan was:
'Commission master planning and a feasibility study to assess the employment potential at M20 J11 working with landowners and KCC to shape proposals for a lorry park.'
February to May 2015
BBP Regeneration undertook a review of small workspace provision in Shepway to identify if there were gaps in supply by both type of space and location across the district.
This work identified a gap between the existing stock and latent demand for small workspace in Shepway and identified a number of suitable locations with potential to meet this need including an out-of-town location with good connectivity at the Junction 11 of the M20.
URS (a company that later became AECOM) submitted a proposal in response to Shepway District Council's invitation to quote for services relating to the potential for land in the vicinity of the M20 Motorway Junction 11 to be developed for high quality employment purposes.
As part of our further work to develop our Economic Development Strategy we developed a brief to procure support for our emerging economic development strategy and the supporting land and property market analysis
Report C/14/38 was approved by Cabinet on 5 November 2014. The report asked for a virement of £100,000 from the net under spend to fund work during 2014/15 and 2015/16 to examine the rationale and potential scope of economic development related activities within the vicinity of Junction 11 of the M20.
BBP undertook a property market review and commissioned Tibbalds to produce an outline masterplan exploring the potential for the area in and around Junction 11 of the M20 - focusing on employment opportunities in the racecourse area bounded by the A20 and the High Speed 1 railway line.
Submissions from BBP who were appointed in May to carry out a range of work on strategic land and property matters.
As part of our initial work to develop our Economic Development Strategy we procured support across a range of strategic development and property matters as they applied to the whole district.
Shepway District Council submitted a draft Core Strategy to the Planning Inspectorate for Examination on 31 January 2012 including documents that relate to a draft policy for the redevelopment of the racecourse funded by up to 820 dwellings.
After the initial public hearings and prior to adoption of the Plan, we withdrew the policy contained in the draft plan relating to the proposed racecourse redevelopment. All of the documents relating to proposed development of Folkestone racecourse can be found on our 2012 Local Plan Evidence Base.