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Welcome to the development plan and planning policy section
of the website where you can find an explanation of the development
plan and links to related pages and useful external websites.
What is the Development Plan?
Medway Council has a statutory duty to prepare plans that cover
its administrative area to control and regulate most forms of built
development. The power to control development comes from primary
legislation (in the form of the various Town and Country Planning
Acts) and is given to the council by central government. The
council grants planning permission to permit development to occur.
To ensure that decisions about the granting of planning permission
are seen to be fair, open and reasonable, the council is required
to prepare publicly available plans containing policies and
proposals to guide the shape and nature of development in its area.
These plans are known collectively as the development plan and they
must conform with national policies and guidance.
The Development Plan for Medway currently comprises Development Plan
policies from a number of plans, including the
Medway Local Plan
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