Save our Scheduled Ancient Monument and precious coastal environment

by Save Princes Parade

Save our Scheduled Ancient Monument and precious coastal environment

by Save Princes Parade
Save Princes Parade
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Save Princes Parade is a community group challenging the Council’s plans to build a housing estate & leisure centre on land adjacent to the Royal Military Canal, Hythe, a Scheduled Ancient Monument
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Latest: Sept. 11, 2019

JR Grounds published

I am updating you on the progress so far with our judicial review claim against Folkestone and Hythe District Council. 

Firstly, thank you to everyone who has donated to our fundraising so far,...

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Who are we?

Save Princes Parade is a community group representing the interests of residents who are challenging Folkestone and Hythe District Council’s plans (for which they have already granted themselves planning permission) to build a housing estate of 150 three and four-storey seafront dwellings, a hotel and a leisure centre  on council-owned land adjacent to the Royal Military Canal, a Scheduled Ancient Monument, at Princes Parade, Hythe, Kent.   

Folkestone and Hythe District Council are the landowner and the developer, but they are also the planning authority and in granting themselves planning permission, they have made a number of technical errors. It is these errors we are seeking Judicial Review to expose.  Save Princes Parade is crowdfunding in order to take this case to Judicial Review. We need your support to enable us to do so. Whatever you can spare will help us save this iconic site.

Princes Parade is of considerable historic and ecological significance and is currently legally protected as Public Open Space.

The tranquil, green strip of land at Princes Parade is both beautiful and unique. It lies between the Royal Military Canal, built as a defensive measure during the Napoleonic wars, and the seafront at Seabrook in Kent.  The Canal with its peaceful and accessible waterside paths combines with the vibrant seafront promenade to provide a variety of low-key leisure activities such as walking and cycling that all can enjoy for free.  Of immense value to the local community, Princes Parade also attracts many visitors from outside the immediate area. Its seafront road and promenade are renowned for their open character and panoramic views of the Hythe hills to the north and the open sea and France (on clear days) to the south. Prior to 1974 the site was used for landfill but has long since greened over and is now a safe habitat for migrating birds, a range of animals, insect and plant life.

The proposal: 

To make way for the beachside development the Council’s proposals involve the removal of all vegetation from the site; the diversion of the existing road away from the seafront to run alongside the Canal and 6 metres above it and the drainage of all surface water from the site into the Canal itself. 

The council’s own consultants admit that the contaminated landfill is NO risk to current users of the site. It is however totally unsuitable for a residential development since it is impossible to remove the contamination and deep piling will be required. By disturbing the land fill there is a risk that asbestos dust could be released which could affect the children in the junior school just a few hundred yards away. This is just one of many risks inherent in developing this fragile site which is far better left undisturbed.  

Our case: 

The council’s  proposals will destroy the tranquillity and beauty of the Canal and its place at the heart of the local community; will undermine the Canal’s status as a Scheduled Ancient Monument; will devastate the site’s ecology and wildlife, and will obliterate the historic seafront views for which Princes Parade has been long renowned. Among those who object to the plans are Historic England, the Environment Agency, CPRE, Kent Wildlife Trust, KCC Archaeology, Hythe Town Council and Sandgate Parish Council.

The council have refused to accept a petition of over 6500 people, ignored 600 plus local planning objections and, more importantly, the Cabinet have overridden a vote made by the Full Council to abandon the scheme.

The council concedes that damage will be done to Princes Parade by this development and to compensate, an ‘amenity area’ and a leisure centre are planned for the site. But problems with drainage (the site is in a flood zone) means that the ‘amenity area’ will now be taken up by a 1¼ acre muddy attenuation drainage pond. There is an ideal alternative location for the leisure centre available to the council for free at Martello Lakes on the other side of Hythe which would better serve the residents of Romney Marsh where there is a real need for a swimming pool.

 

We really believe we can stop this awful development.  Please help us by donating towards the cost of a Judicial Review.

Thank you for helping us to Save Princes Parade!

 

www.saveprincesparade.org   https://www.facebook.com/SavePrincesParade




Update 1

Save Princes Parade

Sept. 11, 2019

JR Grounds published

I am updating you on the progress so far with our judicial review claim against Folkestone and Hythe District Council. 

Firstly, thank you to everyone who has donated to our fundraising so far, it is very much appreciated.

In a judicial review you cannot question the decision that the Council have made in granting the planning permission on Princes Parade, but you can question the legality of the Council’s processes. We have put a copy of our claim document on the Save Princes Parade website and you can view it using this link:

http://saveprincesparade.org/news/judicial-review-2/

We are challenging FHDC on two grounds:

  • The Officers Report significantly misled the planning committee that the application breached both the Core Strategy Local Plan and TM8 and LR9 of the Shepway Local Plan.
  • The Officers Report significantly misled the Planning Committee by failing to apply policies in the National Planning Policy Framework in relation to “areas at risk of flooding”.

Our claims document goes in front of a judge so he can assess the case. The judge will give his permission to go forward to a substantive hearing if he thinks we have grounds for a successful challenge.

Substantive hearings are very expensive so we need to raise as much money as possible so, if you haven’t done so already, please donate to our case.

Please also share our CrowdJustice web page https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/saveprincesparade/ on Facebook, Twitter etc.

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