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An artistic impression of what the seafront will look like after the regeneration.

An artistic impression of what the seafront will look like after the regeneration.

Another artistic impression of what the seafront will look like after the regeneration.

Another artistic impression of what the seafront will look like after the regeneration.

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Work start date announced by The Folkestone Harbour Company

An artistic impression of what the seafront will look like after the regeneration.

An artistic impression of what the seafront will look like after the regeneration.

Another artistic impression of what the seafront will look like after the regeneration.

Another artistic impression of what the seafront will look like after the regeneration.

The long-awaited redevelopment of Folkestone seafront is due to see considerable acticity on the site in the coming months, seeing plans for up to 1,000 homes come to completion, along with 10,000 sq. metres of commercial and the creation of  500 jobs.

It is set to bring the seaside resort to life and is being made possible by the Folkestone Harbour Company (FHC) and through investment via Sir Roger DeHaan.

Graham Construction has been selected to do large scale earthworks on the western part of the site, between the beach and Marine Parade. This will involve the building of sea defences and other groundworks.

At the same time dredging will take place in the outer harbour with the material being reused as ballast, which will help to strengthen the structure.

The area currently available for lorry parking will progressively be reduced as the works continue.

Project director David Crump said: “Folkestone Seafront presents an opportunity to create an environment that will stand the test of time, improve the attractiveness of the town for residents and visitors and provide better access to seaside amenities for generations to come.

"As we move into this phase of the development, contractors will be erecting hoardings and fencing around various parts of the site for safety and security reasons, signifying that work is beginning in earnest to prepare the area for construction.”

Rocksalt  which opened in 2011, is just one of the new developments so far, a signature restaurant overlooking the inner harbour, the creation of interactive fountains in a new public square and the opening of the half mile-long Harbour Arm.

Mr Crump added: “Detailed planning for the main construction phase is continuing and we expect to submit planning applications later this year, with the first homes going on sale shortly afterwards.”

FHC plans up to 1,000 homes, with a mix of apartments, beach houses and townhouses.

A £5 million grant from the government’s Local Growth Fund, arranged through the South East Local Enterprise Partnership has also been secured. This will help with costs of preparing infrastructure, including sea and flood defences, ground investigation, and provision of essential services ready for site development. 

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