beeWhat we want to achieve

To establish and deliver a vision for Medway’s sustainable growth in the new Local Plan, supporting the transition to a low carbon future in our changing climate.

The Local Plan will set the framework for Medway’s growth up to 2037, and it will demonstrate the council’s commitment to address the causes and impacts of climate change.

How we will do this

We have set out a range of actions for how Medway can respond to the climate emergency. These range from actions that the council will take to lead by example, to those that will support the community to take action.

Some of the key actions are highlighted below.

 

Create new plans and manage developments to support a low-carbon future.

To achieve this, we will:

  • prepare draft planning policy as part of the Regulation 19 Draft Plan for statutory public consultation in 2021
  • plan developments in places that deliver the highest viable energy efficiency, reduce the need to travel, and have accessible travel connections
  • support the transition to renewable energy
  • support and encourage community-led initiatives.

 

Ensure that relevant planning policies and guidance are reviewed and updated as required.

Read all the actions

To read all the actions in our plan:

Progress

From April 2020, major residential developers have been required to submit a climate change and energy efficiency statement in their applications for planning consent. From March 2021 this also applies to all residential and commercial applications for new builds.

Our Air Quality Planning Guidance for Developers, introduced in 2016, requires developers to help improve local air quality through appropriate offsetting and mitigation. These include installing charging points for electric vehicles and planting trees and cycle storage to encourage a modal shift towards more sustainable travel.

More than 600 electric vehicle charging points have been secured as part of the planning process. These include developments at:

  • Rochester Riverside
  • Berengrave Nursery - Rainham
  • Kitchener Barracks - Chatham
  • Hoo Peninsula.