The Statement of Community Involvement 2020 sets out when and how stakeholders and the local community can get involved in the preparation of local plans, neighbourhood development plans and supplementary planning documents, and be involved in the process of decision making on planning applications.
There was a temporary addendum in relation to Covid 19 Temporary Addendum which can be viewed here. As restrictions have been lifted this addendum has now been revoked.
We're required by government to prepare a Local Development Scheme (LDS). A LDS sets out the timetable for the delivery of planning policy documents like our Local Plan.
We adopted our Local Plan in October 2017 and are currently reviewing it. The Local Development Scheme 2021-2024 was approved by Full Council on 8th December 2021 and outlined the timetable for our Local Plan Review, the Design and Sustainability DPD and the Gypsy and Traveller DPD.
The LDS has been updated to reflect an amendment to the timing of the Design and Sustainability DPD. The Local Development Scheme 2022-2024 was approved by Full Council on 28th September 2022 and took effect the same day.
The public notice can be viewed here.
As of 1st October 2022 the council is no longer adhering to the LDS for the Local Plan Review. Due to the complex nature of the hearing sessions is it not possible to update this element of the LDS until there is further certainty around timescales. For further information about the hearing sessions click here.
The Infrastructure Delivery Plan 2021 (IDP) accompanies the Maidstone Borough Local Plan. The IDP identifies the infrastructure schemes considered necessary to support the development proposed in the Local Plan, outlines how and when these will be delivered. The IDP is a “living document”, subject to regular review and therefore will build upon the emerging Local Plan Review.
The council is required to report on the progress of the adopted Local Plan and to what extent Local Plan Policies are being achieved.
The council produces its Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) each year. The document reports on the progress of the local plan and whether the targets in Maidstone’s local planning policies are being achieved.
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