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Folkestone Place Plan

Creating the future of Folkestone Town Centre

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Getting involved

We want to hear what you think. Two public webinars have now been held (in April and June) and the level of engagement we received during both sessions was great.

Both webinars were recorded and you can view both the April and June webinar on our YouTube channel or by clicking the videos below.

The webinars both included presentations about the emerging proposals which are available to view on the documents section on this page. 

We Made That are currently analysing all the feedback we have received and working on the draft Place Plan. A draft of the Place Plan will be made available on this page on Monday 9 August. The plan will then go to the council's Cabinet meeting on Wednesday 15 September.

Please send any feedback or questions about the process or any aspect of the Place Plan to place.plan@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk

Commissioned by us. Designed by all.

A place plan is a blueprint for how a certain area will evolve and we want to get everyone involved in designing what Folkestone Town Centre should look like in the future. There will be an opportunity for all to comment on the draft version of the Place Plan once this is developed. 

After input from experts and a thorough engagement process with the community output documents will be produced that will guide the direction of Folkestone Town Centre for years to come. Doing this work now will mean that Folkestone Town Centre can maximise it's potential in the future benefitting residents, businesses and the wider district.

To get involved in this exciting process just get in touch at placeplan@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk and we'll make sure you are kept informed.

Stakeholder engagement update 

The engagement process for the Folkestone Town Centre Place Plan makes a commitment to listening to the full spectrum of Folkestone's communities.

We Made That have held a series of focused workshops and one-to-one conversations over February and March. The team have spoken to strategic & delivery partners, key stakeholders, community & interest groups, business groups and residents groups. The presentations and notes from the workshops are available in the Downloads section.

Virtual events

We held two virtual public events (April and June) to provide everyone with a chance to  share the emerging priorities and vision for discussion.  266 people tuned in live and 322 questions were asked across both webinars. Find answers to the Frequently Asked Questions about the Place Plan project here. 

If you couldn't make it don't worry because this session was recorded and you can watch the webinar on our YouTube channel. You can also view the presentation slides from the webinar which include an overview of work to date and possible proposals for town centre interventions. Icon for pdf Place Plan presentation slides April webinar [7.38MB] 

We have also asked for comments on the proposals, such as do you like the idea of public square at Bouverie Place or more cycling links in the town centre? A survey gathering responses to help us shape future work on the Place Plan and what Folkestone Town Centre could look like in the future was run in early May 2021.

If you have any feedback or comments please get in touch with us at placeplan@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk 

Making it happen

It all starts with getting the right expertise and we went out to tender at the end of 2020 to find an experienced partner who could lead on the project.

Architecture and urbanism firm We Made That impressed with their strong track record of promoting positive change in town centres. They'll head the design team for the project and be the overall lead firm. They are also going to lead on engagement and are bursting with innovative ideas to engage our communities - something that is so important for this project.

On top of this We Made That has brought together expert businesses in different fields to bring their specific skills to the project:

  • Architects Fletcher Priest will advise on the architecture of specific opportunity sites
  • Transport and infrastructure consultants Steer will look into town centre access
  • Socio-economic analysts PRD will advise on economy and town centre business opportunities
  • The Night Times Industry Association will provide support to review the existing licensing policy

These experts will be working with us, residents, businesses and the wider community to find out what makes Folkestone Town Centre tick and what needs to be done. Folkestone Town Centre has so much potential and we are keen to build on previous investment in the town and its natural strengths to create the best possible evolution of Folkestone

Folkestone Place Plan Key Milestones

The timeline so far...

  • 11 June 2021 - We launch a further survey to capture feedback on the proposals shared in the final webinar 

  • 10 June 2021 - We hold the final virtual Place Plan webinar to share our developed priorities and vision 

  • 20 April 2021 - We launch a survey to capture feedback following the successful Place Plan webinar to encourage engagement 

  • 19 April 2021 - We hold a virtual Place Plan webinar to share the emerging priorities and vision 

  • 29 January 2021 - We announce We Made That has been appointed as our Place Plan partner

  • 22 October 2020 - We announce a visionary Place Plan will be created for Folkestone Town Centre

  • Late October 2020 - We went out to tender for an experienced partner

Keep an eye on this page for further updates as the project progresses.

Want to get in touch? Any queries about the Place Plan project can be sent to placeplan@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk 

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