Land at Little Densole Farm

Folkestone, Kent

Densole is a small settlement that straddles the A260 Canterbury Road, just to the north of the small town of Hawkinge and approximately 4 miles north of the major town of Folkestone with its High-Speed rail service to London St Pancras with a journey time of around an hour. The Eurotunnel Terminal at Cheriton is around 5 miles to the south and the Port of Dover is around 12 miles to the east.

The site for the proposed Holiday Home scheme is c. 5.5 ha (c. 13.5 acres) in size and is currently unused Agricultural Land. The site falls in level to the south east and lies within the North Downs ANOB. The site is bordered by agricultural land on the west and south boundaries while the northern and eastern boundary comprise a large area of mature woodland known as Reinden Wood.

The vendor secured planning permission on 2nd July 2018 from Folkestone & Hythe District Council for a scheme comprising 12 no. Holiday Lodges, a Reception Building, Store Building, Parking, Lakes, 2 no. Tennis Courts and a Play Area all in a heavily landscaped environment under planning reference Y16/0623/SH. All the pre-commencement conditions have been discharged, the Community Infrastructure Levy has been paid and the foundations laid for the Reception Building. F&HDC have confirmed commencement and this Permission is extant.

The vendor’s land holdings extend to c. 18.3 ha (c. 45 acres). It is considered there may be an opportunity for an alternative or more comprehensive development. This could include:

  • Increasing the density and possibly expanding of the Holiday Park scheme (STPP).
  • Removing the Holiday Letting restrictions within the Permission and developing the site as a traditional residential scheme, possibly with a larger number of units (STPP).
  • Seeking a more comprehensive residential development across a much wider area that significantly enlarges the Densole settlement. (STPP).

The preference is for a deal where an initial payment is received that recognises the value and investment they have already committed in the Holiday Park scheme, with an uplift if a more valuable alternative scheme was secured and developed. However, the vendor is very flexible and entrepreneurial and welcomes discussion about the opportunity and will consider any alternative proposal that potentially maximises the value of their site with any sensible, experienced parties.


Contact : Graeme Dowd