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The Harbour Plan overview

The Harbour Plan is the next exciting chapter in Folkestone’s regeneration. We want to create a vibrant community and make the harbour sustainable for many years to come.

The site is owned and managed by the Folkestone Harbour & Seafront Development Company. Our plan is to create new homes and outdoor areas, sitting alongside the restored railway station and Harbour Arm, as well as a permanent home for the Goods Yard.

Outline planning permission covering the height and mass of the buildings at the Harbour and along Marine Parade has already been approved by the council. 

Masterplan for Folkestone Harbour and Seafront

Each part of the masterplan has been designed to support and sustain the local economy by:


  • Transforming public spaces

  • Delivering new homes

  • Creating employment opportunities

  • Enabling local residents to become business owners

  • Enhancing Folkestone’s reputation as a place to live and visit

  • Improving the biodiversity of the area

  • Bringing wider benefits to the town

  • Unlocking substantial investment in local infrastructure

  • Increasing the opportunities for tourism

  • Preserving the town's heritage and views from the harbour

Supporting Folkestone



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The journey so far

The harbour was abandoned and offered no public access, or benefit to Folkestone until Sir Roger De Haan purchased it in 2004.

Transformed into a place that welcomes over two million visits a year, it’s home to a bustling community of entrepreneurs and is a great way to enjoy Folkestone.





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Other plots within the masterplan

Following extensive public consultation, the regeneration of Folkestone Harbour and Seafront secured outline planning consent in 2015 for up to 1,000 homes, as well as new public spaces. In 2018, a series of amendments to this masterplan were also approved.

The masterplan establishes the location, size and uses of buildings, but not the detail of how they would look. As a result, consultations are being carried out on the finer details of the proposals for each plot.

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Community benefits

In addition to the masterplan creating an attractive and vibrant harbour and seafront, the benefits go beyond the immediate area. This is thanks to the Section106 agreement with the Council by Folkestone Harbour & Seafront Development Company.

A significant investment is being made into the Folkestone community, details of which are below.

Improving local public services
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A significant contribution towards local GP services within 2.5km of the Signal Box at the Station.

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Local primary schools will benefit from a significant contribution.

Plus significant contributions to youth and community facilities, play space, libraries, adult education, footpaths and road improvements.

Transforming the public realm

Contributing £200,000 to sea sports facilities. A further £500,000 - £800,000 towards beach sports facilities.

Providing £750,000 to support the reopening of the Leas Lift.

This is all possible thanks to:

The delivery of up to 1,000 new homes with a range of accommodation, including

80 affordable homes.

The development of up to 10,000 sqm of commercial space, including leisure and retail, which will contribute to the creation of hundreds of new jobs in the tourism and leisure industry – and support the 60+ businesses already operating on the

Harbour Arm.

The council granting permission for the multimillion-pound restoration of the Harbour Arm, the station platforms, the viaduct and swing bridge, plus the introduction of the Boardwalk and

Fountain Square.



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More Information

Click here to find out more about the work of Folkestone Harbour & Seafront Development Company.

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