Crunch time for Princes Parade

July 26, 2018

On Thursday 16th August (postponed from 31st July) at Folkestone & Hythe District Council’s planning committee, the councillors will be deciding whether or not to allow development on Princes Parade. Shepway Green Party has opposed this development from the outset.

Please turn out with banners and placards for the protest on 16th August at 6.15pm at the Civic Centre in Folkestone.

The officer’s have recommended that planning permission is granted you can read their report here committee report This is despite a huge amount of local opposition, which has been reflected through the council’s consultation process as well as on the streets of Hythe, with hundreds protesting to protect local open space.

Princes Parade is a valuable open space and should be left that way to protect the wildlife and to protect the Royal Military Canal which is a scheduled ancient monument. There are also serious concerns about the financial viability of Shepway’s proposals to develop the site (and the other linked sites) and we also believe it is inappropriate to build on a contaminated site.

The original idea for a leisure centre to replace the existing Hythe swimming pool came about as part of the planning application for Nickoll’s quarry (now Martello Lakes). The S-106 agreement for that development includes a prepared site for the new facility which Shepway can buy for £1. The agreement also provides for an index-linked payment of £3.2m towards the new facility whether at Martello Lakes or elsewhere in Hythe. For much more information, visit the Save Princes Parade website here: