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Shepway: 51.069020, 0.983329


Chairman: Mrs Val Loseby


Shepway district features some of Kent’s most wonderful countryside, from the hidden valleys of the North Downs to the huge skies and profound tranquillity of parts of the Romney Marsh. Despite the presence of the Dungeness nuclear power station, the M20 motorway and the Channel Tunnel terminal at Cheriton, much of the district is unspoilt and it remains a popular tourist destination.

Hot issues:-

Shepway is one of our busiest districts due to the sensitivity of the landscape and the number of ill-thought out schemes coming forward.

  • Sellindge and surrounding villages has been inundated by applications for:
    • A sludge plant waste management site
    • Kent County Council’s plans for an Operation Stack lorry park
    • Shepway Council’s plans for hundreds of houses around Sellindge, Lympne, Westenharnger and Folkestone Racecourse.
    • Wind turbines
  • Lydd Airport: the so-called ‘London Ashford Airport’ is seeking to extend its runway and build a new terminal building to attract airlines that they hope will increase passenger numbers from a few hundred to 500,000 per year, and eventually 2 million per year.
  • Hythe: has had a number of poor quality schemes come forward, and be approved, that threaten the quality and character of this historic town, and the local businesses that are there. This includes – a major new Sainsbury’s on Military Road, housing in the grounds of the Imperial Hotel, and beachside properties on Fishermen’s Beach.