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Major Planning Issues

The Council has had to confront some significant proposals over the years.  Shepway (now Folkestone & Hythe) District Council have to review their Local Plan periodically.  These plans always include higher targets for the number of new homes to be provided in the District. Folkestone Racecourse has for a while been a site considered suitable for housing by the District Council but it has never been allocated for housing in the Local Plan.  The idea has previously been rejected by the government planning inspectors but Otterpool Park may change that and your Council has been preparing for the consequences if that goes ahead.

Stanford’s location on a major transport corridor is both a blessing and a curse.  Residents have easy access to the M20 and trains to London and the continent, but it does mean there is a high demand for overnight lorry parking in the area.  The Council objected to the service area called Stop 24 and successfully argued for some environmental mitigations to be incorporated into the design.  Now we are good neighbours.  The Council has opposed successive attempts to greatly increase the amount of lorry parking nearby, including two proposals to provide for parking as an alternative to ‘Operation Stack’: one on a site in Aldington and more recently on a huge site right next to our village.  Both proposals were seen off.

This Council strongly opposed a proposal for a waste treatment plant on our border with Sellindge.  The project was approved in principle, with extensive pre-commencement conditions attached. The developer never met these conditions and the site now seems likely to be put to better use as part of Otterpool Park.