A neighbourhood plan is a community led framework for guiding future development, regeneration and conservation of an area. This step of planning policy was introduced in the Localism Act in 2011.

The neighbourhood plan forms part of the statutory development plan for the area, alongside our own planning policy documents.

A neighbourhood plan:

  • can specify policies and guidance on  how new developments are designed, orientated and located
  • must conform to the local plan
  • must comply with European and national legislation
  • must have appropriate regard to national policy
  • should not promote less development than that identified in the development plan for the local area
  • can allow more growth levels and allocate sites
  • time frame can be decided by the local community

Neighbourhood plans can be produced by parish councils or, in non-parish areas in neighbourhood forums of at least 21 people. These plans should reflect the diversity of the local area.

We have the responsibility for approving the designation of the neighbourhood forum.

The parish council or neighbourhood forum is responsible for the preparation of the neighbourhood plan, including:

  • information collation
  • initial consultation
  • producing a draft plan

We then need to:

  • administer the formal process to consult on the draft plan
  • arrange an independent examination,
  • hold a referendum in the parish or neighbourhood area to determine if there is support for the adoption of the plan.

Arches (Chatham) Neighbourhood Plan

The proposed Arches (Chatham) Neighbourhood Planning Forum has applied to appoint a Neighbourhood Area and a Neighbourhood Forum to develop a Neighbourhood Plan. 

We are currently accepting comments on the proposed Neighbourhood Area. The closing date for comments is 5pm on Friday 2 August 2019.

The Arches (Chatham) Neighbourhood Planning Forum will be how local people and businesses will be consulted, and who will start work to prepare a draft Neighbourhood Plan.

Find out more on the Arches Local website

View the Arches (Chatham) Neighbourhood application form and proposed boundary

Inspection of the application

You can view the full Neighbourhood Area application at:

If you wish to make representations on the proposed Neighbourhood Area, these must be made in writing 

Head of Planning
Medway Council
Gun Wharf
Dock Road
Chatham
Kent ME4 4TR

Or by email to: planning.policy@medway.gov.uk

Hoo St Werburgh Neighbourhood Plan

Hoo St Werburgh Parish Council have proposed a neighbourhood area for its parish, for the purpose of preparing a neighbourhood plan.

We consulted on this proposal and the consultation closed at 5pm on Friday 23 November 2018 and no reasons for objecting to the designation were raised.

We formalised the designation of the neighbourhood area at the December cabinet meeting.

Hoo St Werburgh Parish Council has set up a steering group to consult with local people and businesses and start work on the preparation of a draft neighbourhood plan.

Find out more on the Hoo St Werburgh Parish Council website.

View the Hoo St Werburgh Parish Council Neighbourhood application form and proposed boundary.

High Halstow Neighbourhood Plan

High Halstow Parish Council applied to start the process of preparing a neighbourhood plan. The first stage was to formally approve the designation of the parish as a neighbourhood area which was approved at our Cabinet meeting on 12 June 2018. Since the designation of the area, we have been working with the Parish Council to progress the plan.

High Halstow Parish Council has set up a steering group to consult with local people and businesses and start work on the preparation of a draft neighbourhood plan. Find out more on the High Halstow Parish website

Cliffe and Cliffe Woods Neighbourhood Plan

Cliffe and Cliffe Woods Parish Council applied to Medway Council to start the process of preparing a neighbourhood plan. The first stage was to formally approve the designation of the parish as a neighbourhood area which was approved at our Cabinet meeting on 16 June 2015. Since the designation of the area Medway Council has been working with the Parish Council to progress the plan.

Cliffe and Cliffe Woods Parish Council has set up a steering group to consult with local people and businesses and start work on the preparation of a draft neighbourhood plan. Find out more on the Cliffe and Cliffe Woods Parish website.

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