Local plan evidence base

We have started work 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. 

To inform the new Local Plan policies, a range of evidence has been compiled drawing from a variety of information sources. The sources have been grouped and linked into the following themes. The following list is not exhaustive and will be updated when new evidence is available.

Housing

Strategic Land Availability Assessment

We commissioned a detailed analysis of development needs through a joint Strategic Housing and Economic Needs Assessment (SHENA) with Gravesham Borough Council.

View the housing documents:

Employment

We commissioned a detailed analysis of development needs through a joint Strategic Housing and Economic Needs Assessment (SHENA) with Gravesham Borough Council.

View the employment documents:

Retail and centres

We commissioned a detailed analysis of development needs through a joint Strategic Housing and Economic Needs Assessment (SHENA) with Gravesham Borough Council.  The report is published in three volumes below. Please note that this study is published to inform Medway's Local Plan (2012 to 2035) evidence base for its Development Options consultation.  Gravesham Borough Council will publish the retail study to inform future stages of its Local Plan later in 2017.

View the Retail and Commercial Leisure Assessment final report:

To inform the evidence base for the Development Strategy consultation, we commissioned a further report to be prepared for Medway.

View the further report:

Natural environment and green belt

Built environment

Health and community

Infrastructure

Transport

Minerals, waste and energy