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Development plan saved policies

Under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 , all Structure and Local Plan policies were saved for three years from the date of the commencement of the Act or from the date the plan was adopted, if later.

As all of Medway’s Local Plan policies were in force when the Act commenced, they were all due to expire after three years, on 27 September 2007.

If there were no appropriate Local Development Documents adopted which could replace Local Plan policies, however, local planning authorities could apply to the Secretary of State to issue a direction to save policies until such time as they were replaced. Medway Council consequently applied to the Secretary of State to save those policies which remained in conformity with national and regional planning policies and the Secretary of State issued a direction on 21 September 2007.

The formal directions from the Government Office for the South East (GOSE) are for the following local plans:


Construction Aggregates

Chalk and Clay

Oil and gas

Kent Waste

Medway Local Plan

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Letters to both Kent County Council (KCC) and Medway have been included as appropriate. For the waste and minerals local plans, GOSE sent schedules covering any Medway site-specific policies to Medway Council, while the schedules covering generic or non-Medway site-specific policies went to KCC.