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Core Strategy Development Allocation
The council has proposed land at Lodge Hill, Chattenden as a
location for development in the Submission
Draft Core Strategy. Policy CS33 of the emerging Medway Local
Development Framework Core Strategy makes a strategic allocation of
land at Lodge Hill for a new settlement, and sets out key
principles that will have to be followed in its development.
This strategic development allocation was considered as part of
the Examination of the draft Core Strategy. At
the hearing session in June 2012, new information about
nightingales in the Lodge Hill area was presented by RSPB. This has
led to further work being carried out to assess the importance of
the area for nightingales and the feasibility of creating
alternative habitats for the birds to compensate for loss which
might result from development at Lodge Hill. The Core Strategy
Planning Inspector suspended the Examination from September
2012 until 14 January 2013 to give time for this work to be
The Council is working with a number of organisations to
determine the scale of potential loss of nightingale habitat at
Lodge Hill and the feasibility of providing alternative sites.
It reported back to the Planning Inspector before the
re-opening of the Core Strategy Examination in January 2013.
Natural England has considered if land at Lodge Hill should be
designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest on account of its
nightingale population. Its Executive Board took the decision in
October 2012 not to proceed with notifying a SSSI that time, due to
Details of the key correspondence and documents relating to this
matter can be found on the examination- Lodge Hill
Lodge Hill Development Brief
The council has written a Development
Brief for the Lodge Hill site. This was approved by Medway
Council’s Cabinet in December 2011.
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