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Local Development Framework
Planning the future development of Medway
The council is required to produce a policy framework to guide
development in Medway, making best use of the land available to
provide the homes, jobs and services that people need. This
planning policy takes the form of a Local Development Framework
The LDF will consist of a portfolio of Local Development
Documents (LDDs) instead of a single plan:
- Development Plan Documents (DPDs), such as the Core Strategy will be
subject to public examination by an independent inspector.
- Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) will not need to be
subject to a public examination.
LDFs are prepared in accordance with a Local Development Scheme
(LDS). On 2 August 2011 the Cabinet of the Council approved a
revised LDS, which sets out the current timescales for the
production of the LDF and what each document will cover.
The Core Strategy is the main strategic policy document of the
LDF. It sets out the vision for the area over the next 15 years and
policies intended to enable this to be realised.
In January 2012, the council approved a Submission Draft of the Core
Strategy. This document was sent to the Planning Inspectorate
for independent examination. Laura Graham, BSc, MA, MRTPI, was
appointed to conduct the examination to determine if the draft Core
Strategy is sound.
Hearing sessions into the matters and issues identified by the
inspector for examination were held in June 2012. All documents
related to the Examination hearings can be found on
Strategy Examination 2012/13 page. The Examination was
suspended in late 2012 to allow time for further work to be carried
out in relation to the proposed strategic development location of
Lodge Hill, Chattenden. Further details are available on the
Lodge Hill page.
The Examination subsequently re-opened in January 2013.
You can view the full Core Strategy document on this
website, but printed copies are also available for purchase.
The document costs £25 plus £3 packaging and postage. If
you wish to buy a copy, please contact the council’s Development
Policy and Engagement team:
- by phone: 01634 331629
- by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- by post: Development Policy and Engagement, Medway Council, Gun
Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR
An effective LDF:
- takes account of national, regional and strategic planning
- identifies sites for and the requirements of major
- provides the framework of policies for assessing all planning
- enables infrastructure and service providers to bring forward
their services when needed by new development;
- enables the public to be fully involved in developing local
policies and proposals.
Other LDF documents
A range of related documents are also available.
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