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Dover District Council

Dover District Council

The Dover District covers an area of 31,484 hectares with a coastline of around 20 miles. The district contains the urban areas of Dover and Deal, the market town of Sandwich, and a large rural area. It is home to the internationally famous White Cliffs and is the UK’s Gateway to Europe, within easy access of London and the continent. The population of the Dover district is 112,300.

About 6,900 hectares (22%) of the District is designated as part of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AoNB) and of this, 876 hectares is designated as Heritage Coast. The Dover district is steeped in history and has a tradition of strategic, commercial and symbolic importance, attracting visitors from across the world. The district contains the spectacular Norman castle at Dover, the Tudor castles of Deal and Walmer and the Roman castle at Richborough. Sandwich is the most complete medieval town in Britain and Deal is noted for its Georgian seafront.

Dover District Council’s Local Plan sets out plans to build 14,000 new homes, with a minimum of 10,100 homes to be provided by 2026. In keeping with the Adopted Core Strategy the focus is on building family homes, a strong programme of urban regeneration and improving education and training opportunities. The Local Development Order for the Discovery Park Enterprise Zone was adopted in 2013. The Land Allocations Local Plan was adopted in 2015 and allocates land for 2,465 new homes.


Ashley Taylor, Planning Policy & Projects Manager

Tel: (01304) 872474