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Preparation for new Core Strategy for Medway begins

Date: 16/12/2008           Category: Planning and Development Control

A website is being launched to allow people to get involved in planning for Medway’s future development and investment needs. People will be able to log on and put forward suggestions for the area’s Core Strategy, which is a key part of the Local Development Framework that will set out a ‘spatial vision’ and strategic policies for the area. This Local Development Framework will then be used to guide development and investment in Medway until 2026. Cllr Jane Chitty, Portfolio Holder for Strategic Development and Economic Growth, said: “This is an important step in beginning the process of setting out a new long term plan for Medway. “It will affect everyone and we are committed to engaging with as many people as possible over the coming months so that we reflect local needs and the views of the community as a whole.” People registering on the new website – available online at www.medway.gov.uk/ldf - will be automatically notified of progress as the plan develops and there will be various consultation periods over the next year. The council is writing to everyone who has previously expressed an interest in this new plan this week, setting out how they can get involved in its preparation and influence the future shape of Medway. Explanatory material is available in all local libraries and council contact centres. Note to editors: For more information on Local Development Frameworks use the following links: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/england/genpub/en/1115311947782.html http://www.planning-inspectorate.gov.uk/pins/appeals/local_dev/index.htm http://www.communities.gov.uk/planningandbuilding/planning/planningpolicyguidance/planningpolicystatements/planningpolicystatements/pps12 http://www.medway.gov.uk/index/environment/developmentplan/ldf.htm The council is required to prepare and keep under review a local development framework for its area. The core strategy is the most important part of the LDF, setting out the main policies and allocating land for strategic developments. The system for preparing LDFs was significantly changed earlier this year and today’s launch reflects these changes.