Photographs of buses, houses and green areas in Hoo.

Medway Council has published a draft Hoo Development Framework for consultation as part of its work in planning for growth across Medway.

The Hoo Development Framework provides a high-level strategic overview of potential development on the Hoo Peninsula over the next 30 years.

Like other areas across the country, Medway is under immense pressure from central government to provide new housing over the coming years.

The council is looking at options for how Medway can grow sustainably over this time in its new Local Plan. These options include major growth on the Hoo Peninsula, focused around the villages of Hoo, High Halstow and Chattenden.

The council has set out proposals in the draft Hoo Development Framework for what this scale of growth could look like, and where new schools, parks, and local services and facilities would be needed to support those new homes and jobs.

The framework reflects the council’s aims for sustainable development. It sets out key principles to guide future growth, and a high-level masterplan for what the area could look like over the next 30 years.

What the framework covers

The draft Hoo Development Framework sets out ambitions for potential growth on the Hoo Peninsula over coming decades. There is potential for the area to grow by 10,000 homes over the next 30 years.

The framework sets out 4 guiding principles for future development:

  • principle 1: a landscape led development - respecting the area’s environment
  • principle 2: accessible and well-connected communities - ensuring that people can move around easily and healthily
  • principle 3: vibrant and sustainable neighbourhoods - well served by a range of services
  • principle 4: attractive buildings and public places - fit for the future and well designed.

The framework plan shows indicative master planning for homes, employment areas and new services and facilities, such as schools, parks and areas for wildlife.

Find out about the framework timescales.

Online consultation

The online consultation ran from 23 September to 25 November 2022. 

All written feedback received will be published and carefully considered before moving to the next steps.

View a paper copy of the framework

Copies of the Hoo Development Framework are available throughout the consultation to read in public libraries across Medway.

Find a Medway library.

You can also view it at Medway Council’s offices at Gun Wharf, Chatham during normal opening hours.

We also ran a series of public exhibitions in November 2022.

Hoo Development Framework: public consultation summary

You can take a look at our summary document to get an overview of the vision for the Hoo Peninsula.

Read the Hoo Development Framework public consultation summary.

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If you need the public consultation summary in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille you can fill in our online form:

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We will publish an updated version of the framework following the consideration of the consultation comments.

Get in touch

For more information or if you have any questions about the Hoo Development Framework, email us at planning.policy@medway.gov.uk, or leave a message on 01634 331 629 and we'll get back to you.