Does Roger De Haan’s Folkestone housing scheme deserve so much criticism?

Shoreline Crescent 7

Former Saga owner’s luxury Shoreline Crescent scheme has been completed following a string of headlines about its lack of affordable housing. Tom Lowe tours the building and is impressed by what he finds

It can be a tough world out there for billionaire philanthropists. Former Saga owner turned property developer Roger De Haan has certainly not had it easy of late.

Last summer, De Haan invited a group of journalists down from London to visit his new luxury housing scheme in Folkestone. The idea seems to have been to show off the first phase of a 1,000-home mixed-use development which will stretch for nearly a kilometre along the town’s beach front. 

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