So it’s done. After five years and three public consultations, Folkestone & Hythe District Council passed its Places and Policies Local Plan (Local Plan) at an Extraordinary meeting, of the Full Council on Wednesday, 16th September, 2020 at 7.00 pm. The vote was 17 for, 12 Against and one abstention. Part One of the Local Plan allocates 55 sites for development for new homes, mixed-use development, business, retail, leisure, hotel and other uses. Some of the sites have already been built upon such as Ingles Manor Folkestone, The Cherry Pickers public house, Cheriton. Others have already received planning permission and will be underway soon. Part Two of the Local Plan sets out detailed development management policies to assess planning applications covering issues including: climate change; the natural environment; the historic environment; health and wellbeing; design and housing standards; the economy; community; and transport. The Government though have once again proposed more major changes to the planning system. These proposals are causing considerable concern, especially the proposed reduction in consultation, which would remove much of the ability for local people and local authorities, such as ours, to influence the development in their area, and the potential increase in the housing targets. … Continue reading FHDC pass Local Plan and Central Govt propose 1043 homes per year for our district.
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