Otterpool Park Update

So Shepway District Council have announced the dates for the next series of community engagement sessions for Otterpool Park will take place between the Thursday 22nd and Saturday 24th June 2017

SDC’s milestones for the development are:

  • Submission of a concept masterplan in August 2017

  • Draft Local Plan consultation by end of 2017

  • Submission of a planning application by March 2018;

  • Local Plan Examination in mid 2019; and

  • Start on site in 2020

The financial support  – from a pot of £18 million, of which SDC received £750,000 has allowed SDC to act quickly in Commissioning masterplanning and technical work, and funding its share of the costs (split between the Council & Cozumel Estates) This committment from SDC has helped build confidence with its development partner, Cozumel

In an FOI Request (12th May 2017) made to SDC regarding payments made to SDC by Cozumel Estates; their response was


A collaboration agreement between Cozumel & SDC on the 8th Sept 2016

In 2017/18 the Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG) funding will contribute towards:

  1. Masterplanning & Planning Application

  2. Preparation of planning application and all associated background studies and strategies.

  3. Ongoing feasibility work for Westenhanger Station

  4. Community & Stakeholder engagement

Among other things.


Water is an issue and in 2007 Shepway was the sixth most seriously affect area with regards to water scarcity. The lack of water is a risk which cannot be sensibly ignored having regard to the gravity and feared harm of building up to 12,000 new homes at Otterpool Park.

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Now compare and contrast this with the levels of rainfall between 1981 – 2010


Then throw into the mix the future scenarios – regarding water – which were undertaken by the Environment Agency in 2013 and Affinity Water  whose leakage actually increased between 2014 and 2015 tops the table.

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So the risk is real, actual and of substance;


Doctor’s are retiring and finding replacements to come to the Shepway area is becoming increasingly difficult as the closure of  Folkestone East Kent Family Practice demonstrates. They advertised for a GP for over a year with no takers. Manor Road Surgery Folkestone may well close, meaning over 12,000 people will have to be placed with other surgeries placing further strain on an already overstretched system.

Screenshot from 2017-06-14 11-10-06 Patients were forced to queue in 2015 outside Church Lane surgery (pictured) in New Romney when the Dymchurch Surgery closed. The harm is palpable, real, factual and of substance, and it is a risk which cannot be sensibly ignored. Where will the GP’s come from to fill the surgery/ies which will be situated on Otterpool Park.

The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) has warned the NHS will be “fighting a losing battle” of more GPs leave the profession than join.

RCGP Chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said: “We know that practices across the country are finding it really difficult to recruit GPs to fill vacant posts, and the degree to which this problem has increased over the last six years is staggering.

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So the “feared harm” of not be able to recruit more GP’s is real, actual and of substance. And when put on a map, makes our concerns and the concerns of many others very real indeed.

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Almost one in five GP practices has had to abandon searching for a new GP as vacancy rates have hit their highest ever.

The GP crisis in Shepway is so much of an issue that the UKIP opposition have raised the matter and will be discussed tonight (14/06/17) at full Council – agenda item 9

So how do SDC, Cozumel, Affinity Water and the NHS intend to fix these problems? Well we can assure you these issues will probably not be a topic of discussion at the community engagement sessions, due to take place at the following venues between Thursday 22nd & Saturday 24th June 2017.

Venues for Community Engagement Sessions

June 22 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Tin Tabernacle Hythe, 4 Portland Rd Hythe, CT21 6EG United Kingdom (Presentations at 3:00pm)

June 22 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm Lympne Village Hall, Aldington Road Lympne, CT21 4LE United Kingdom  (Presentation at 7:30pm) Please note stiletto heels may not be worn inside the village hall

June 23 @ 10:00 am12:00 pm The Mach at The Marsh Academy, Station Road, New Romney  Kent , TN28 8BB United Kingdom (Presentation at 10:30am)

June 23 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Sellindge Sports & Social Club, 69 Swan Lane Sellindge, TN25 6HB United Kingdom  (Presentation at 3:00pm)

June 24 @ 10:00 am2:00 pm Folkestone Library, 2 Grace Hill
Folkestone, CT20 1HD United Kingdom  
(Presentations at 10:30am & 12:30pm)


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4 Comments on Otterpool Park Update

  1. sorry.. could you remind me again…

    how much did Mary May’s Folkestone &; Hythe’s Nasty Party possibly get in one of those brown envelopes that they so love as part of this deal?

  2. The Public have been saying from the outset that such a massive development cannot be sustained by existing, or imagined, natural or increased resources. Precisely what is it that Shepway are having trouble to understand?

    Our most informed Councillor, Susan Carey, has been dumped from Cabinet on the whim of our own Caligula, so a moderating voice has been silenced. Who will moderate now?

    I happen to reside between Hythe and Folkestone but even then I feel that the ill-thought implications will impact on me.

    Shepway, plan to put in place water supply, NHS services, Traffic control, Refuse disposal , Fire Service capability, Police capability. I maintain that they cannot do this and that time will tell.

    On water supply alone I would be interested to view their plans…….

  3. I attended three of the Otterpool supposed consultations and can assure you that at all of those the response from the public who attended was of total rejection of the proposed development.As this is supposed to proceed only if it has community support how then can SDC continue to impose it on the District.All the fears such as water shortage,lack of health care etc were forcefully put to the presenters.How do you suppose they will report back to SDC and how will SDC publish them to the council tax payers of Shepway?

  4. “How do you suppose they will report back to SDC and how will SDC publish them to the council tax payers of Shepway?”

    My guess is that they will possibly publish extracts of opposition with platitudes and examples of overwhelming support as evidenced by Jarrett’s interview

    Those people that aren’t happy with the plan, they just have to put up with it then?

    (Even bigger sigh)
    While they have to…they have to put up with it, or they have to try and work with us to shape it. What we are not entering into is a dialogue about it not happening.”

    The last time SDC let the ‘pippill’ shape one of their plans this happened:-

    Remember the Nuclear Dump idea ?

    And then the ‘consulations’ which caused the Nasty Party to be caught out ‘dodging SDC Tendering rules’ when it rushed (blind funk) to spend (waste) over £30,000 in the spectacular failure by SDC to sway the plebs minds in the referendum

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