Exciting plans could see the Marsh become even more of a holiday hotspot.
More than 100 individual beach chalets, a visitor hub building and upgraded car parking (including disabled bays and EV charging points) are to be built at the Coast Drive car park, Greatstone. The visitor hub will contain accessible toilets, a Changing Places facility and a café concession kiosk.
The chalets and visitor hub will be linked by a fully-accessible boardwalk.
Our members have approved £732,000 funding for the Romney Marsh Coastal Destination project, which will link with The Green, an open space, play park and existing beach huts, which are owned and operated by New Romney Town Council.
The chalets (which we will own) are expected to be as popular as the 115 renovated and new huts at Marine Walk, Folkestone, which have 100 per cent occupancy and a waiting list of more than 800 people.
The Marsh coastal areas are already much loved and used during the summer months in particular, both by visitors and residents. It is hoped this project will give tourism and businesses there an extra boost.
The area is a Natura 2000 site (part of a network of core breeding and resting sites for rare and threatened species) and all work must have the support of Natural England. Our officers have been working on the project with our partners at the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership.
In order to reduce the impact on the Site of Special Scientific Interest, a boardwalk and signage are proposed. This will keeps users off the sensitive shingle area and also offer equal access for all to the beach and the chalets.
Notice was given on 18 November 2022 that a planning application is being made for a new visitor hub and water sports facilities; 106 beach chalets; board walks giving access to the shore and upgrading works to the car park.