Previous stages of Local Plan preparation
Issues and options
In January and February 2016, we consulted on the Issues and Options document which is the first stage of preparing a new Local Plan.
The second formal stage of the preparation of the new Local Plan was a consultation carried out between 16 January and 30 May 2017 on Development Options. This builds on the work carried out in the Issues and Options stage.
The Development Options consultation document was presented to Medway Council’s cabinet on 20 December 2016 and provided a draft vision for Medway in 2035, setting out emerging approaches to policies which would address the key issues facing Medway’s communities, economy and environment.
To consider how development land could be allocated across Medway, it also set out a range of scenarios that could provide a basis for Medway’s development up to 2035.
Development strategy consultation
We prepared a development strategy technical report as the next stage in preparing our new Local Plan for Medway along with our Medway 2035 document. The report set out the ambitions for the plan, options for how Medway could grow and draft policies for managing development, building on work carried out at previous stages of consultation on Medway’s emerging Local Plan.
We considered comments made at earlier stages of consultation and used evidence and analysis to find what approaches would be most successful for Medway in meeting our aims for growth that delivers benefits for all.
The proposals set out in the development strategy consultation document include:
- promoting the regeneration of urban waterfront and town centre sites as the core of our growth plans
- a rural town on the Hoo Peninsula, focused around Hoo St Werburgh, supported by new services and infrastructure, including transport, schools, healthcare, parks, jobs and shops
- mix of smaller sites in suburban and other rural areas.
This document was consulted on between 16 March and 25 June 2018.