Yesterday, 4 April 2023, the Outline Planning application for 8,500 homes at Otterpool Park was granted by 7 votes to 5, by Folkestone & Hythe District Council’s [...]
Otterpool Park Update: Kent Ecological Advice Service query if Biodiversity Net Gain will exceed 20%.
It can’t be easy wanting to build a new town where you wish to build up to 10,000 homes. It would seem that Otterpool Park LLP, the master developer is running into [...]
Otterpool Park Update: First house for sale 1 Sept 2025
Andy Jarrett (pictured) the Managing Director of Otterpool Park LLP, has stated on the record, the date of the first house for sale at Otterpool Park development will be the [...]
Otterpool Park Update: Hidden Agenda’s and Fair Value
Ever since the first piece of land was purchased by the Council at Otterpool, in Dec 2015, for £5m from the Champney Brothers, the fair value of the land has risen by 540%, [...]
Otterpool Park Update: new Otterpool company set up
On Monday, The Shepway Vox Team announced who the developers would be to build out phase one of Otterpool Park. Today we can announce a new Otterpool Company; was set up on [...]
Otterpool Park Update: Site had visit from No 10’s Cabinet Secretary
There have been further developments at Otterpool Park where the council wish to build up to 10,000 homes at a cost of £2.9bn, making a conservative profit of £193m. [...]
Princes Parade Update: Costs, Contracts & Vindictive Behaviour by FHDC
On the 6 August 2018, Lesley Whybrow (pictured), before she became an elected Cllr, sent a Freedom of Information Request to the Council, relating to Princes Parade, where [...]
Otterpool Park Update: East Stour river pollution puts brakes on Garden Town
Back in Oct 2020, the Stodmarsh phosphorus and nitrogen issue meant Folkestone & Hythe District Council had a planning log jam of 133 homes as a result of the updated [...]
Otterpool Park update: Borrowing, hidden soft market testing and a Dodgy man in charge
To purchase Folkestone racecourse site from the Reuben Brothers for £25 million; which included Monk’s private fishing lake, the council borrowed the money, but [...]
Folkestone & Hythe District Council use 107 procurement contract waivers to bypass normal procurement rules to the value of more than £11 million.
The latest estimate of contract procurement fraud in local government was £4.4 billion pounds. Between 2016/17 and 2020/21 the Council have issued one hundred and seven [...]
Otterpool Park Update: Council project £193 million profit for Otterpool
In a 54 page document, Folkestone & Hythe District Council have set out the Draft – Otterpool Park Business Plan for discussion by the Overview & Scrutiny [...]
Otterpool Park Update: Priest Under Pressure
The courts say they must release it. The Information Upper Tier tribunal say they must release it. But still Folkestone & Hythe District Council, led by Dr Susan Priest, [...]
Folkestone & Hythe District Council issue £6.2 million worth of contracts bypassing normal tendering processes
£6.2 million pounds worth of contracts in 2019/20 were issued by Folkestone & Hythe District Council, using waivers and citing urgency and expediency. In total, 49 [...]
The Long Read: Planning excites passion.
Planning has always been the hottest of all local government topics. It’s the one most likely to stir the passions of local people and yet no sooner have those passions [...]
Otterpool Park Update: It’s Official. Folkestone & Hythe District Council Now Own The Racecourse
Updated: 26/10/20 @12:40 It’s official. Folkestone & Hythe District Council now own Folkestone racecourse, according to the land registry. The deal has taken close [...]
Otterpool Park Update: Council set up two new companies to deliver the project and land registry docs show deal to buy racecourse still not completed.
Folkestone & Hythe District Council have set up two companies which will look after the delivery of the 10,000 homes Otterpool Park development. The first company [...]
John “Buy Me A Car” Bunnett
John Bunnett (pictured) is currently Folkestone & Hythe District Council’s Corporate Director for Otterpool Park. He is the man who is able to spend the £100 [...]
Otterpool Park update
The Otterpool Park land assembly continues at pace. This time it is Cozumel Estates Ltd BVI the Council’s co-developer partner who have been in the market to purchase [...]
Coming Soon: Proposals for more money for Otterpool Park acquisitions, proposals to purchase Ship Street Gasworks and an EKH tenant consultation.
Coming soon to the council chamber – 16th Oct – are proposals and recommendations to be put to Cabinet. These proposals are to allow further spending on land [...]
Folkestone & Hythe District Council senior management handsomely rewarded for failure
The top three tiers of management at Folkestone & Hythe District Council (F&HDC) have been handsomely rewarded for their failure to manage and oversee the Swale [...]
Biggins Woods financial viability assessment – Here we go again.
At the end of October we brought you the post – A victory for the public interest In short it was about trying to secure via the Environmental Information Regulations, [...]
Smiths Medical – Boundary Rd Hythe
So the Smiths Medical Site, Boundary Rd Hythe; which many of you may know as Portex, sold for £2.1 million on the 15th August 2018 to Rewd Limited, according to the land [...]
Otterpool Park update.
We’ll start with some good news. The probable Roman villa discovered on the Otterpool Park site will now become part of the development. In a conversation with Cllr [...]
Otterpool Park update
For those of you who are not aware, Affinity Water will not be a statutory or non-statutory consultee with regards to Otterpool Park. In a short but concise email response to [...]
The Long Read: Otterpool Park -update.
So what do you get for £281,230,000 or two hundred and eighty one million two hundred a thirty thousand pounds? Well, according to Kent County Council’s ( KCC) [...]