Council buys land for homes

Shepway District Council has underpinned its ambitions to build more homes and create more jobs by buying land at Bigginswood.

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The council bought the 10-acre site, just outside Folkestone, for £1.5m. The land has been earmarked for development for many years and already has planning permission.

The council stepped in to buy it because the market had failed to deliver the intended use.

Council Leader David Monk said: "I am very pleased to announce the purchase of this land.  We will start work this year to build 77 homes, including 23 affordable homes, along with high quality, modern workspace. This gives us an opportunity to help fulfil our key and on-going corporate objective to build more homes and create more jobs."