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Local Plan - Future Medway

Local Plan 2012 - 2035

The council is working on a new Local Plan, which will replace the 2003 Medway Local Plan.

This document will contain strategic level and development management policies, land allocations, minerals and waste, and a policies map. The plan will cover the period up to 2035, providing for the number of homes and jobs, and supporting infrastructure, such as transport, health facilities, schools, parks that the area and its growing population needs over this time.  Subject to outcomes of an independent examination by a planning inspector, it is anticipated that Medway's Local Plan will be adopted in 2020.

Formal stages

There are six key milestones to pass to successfully adopt a new Local Plan for Medway – 1) Issues and Options 2) Development Options 3) Development Strategy 4) Publication of draft plan 5) Submission for independent examination and 6) Adoption.  The timetable for these can be found in the local development scheme.

Development Strategy

The council has prepared a Development Strategy technical report for consultation as the next stage in preparing a new Local Plan for Medway. This document sets out the ambitions for the plan, options for how Medway could grow and draft policies for managing development.

This report builds on work carried out at previous stages of consultation on Medway’s emerging Local Plan – Issues and options and Development options.

The consultation runs from Friday 16 March to 5pm on Friday 11 May 2018.  

Have your say

Read more about the proposals including potential development sites and how you can make your comments.

Previous stages of consultation on the Local Plan

First stage - Issues and options

Second stage - Development options.

Evidence base

To inform the development of the Local Plan, a range of evidence has been compiled from a variety of information sources.  Please visit the Evidence base page for more information.


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