Local Plan Review - Examination

Local Plan Review Examination & Updates

The review of the Maidstone Local Plan (adopted 25 October 2017) was submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination on Thursday 31 March 2022.

Overview and submission - details of the submission of the Local Plan Review and information on the appointed Planning Inspector and Programme Officer


The review of the Maidstone Local Plan (adopted 25 October 2017) was submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination on Thursday 31 March 2022.


Mr David Spencer BA(Hons) DipTP MRTPI  from the Planning Inspectorate has been appointed by the Secretary of State to carry out the independent Examination of the Local Plan.

The Inspector’s task is to consider the soundness of the submitted Plan (para 35 of the National Planning Policy Framework July 2021) and whether it has been prepared in accordance with the legal and procedural requirements.  Plans are sound if they are:-

  • Positively prepared – providing a strategy which, as a minimum, seeks to meet the area’s objectively assessed needs; and is informed by agreements with other authorities, so that unmet need from neighbouring areas is accommodated where it is practical to do so and is consistent with achieving sustainable development;
  • Justified – an appropriate strategy, taking into account the reasonable alternatives, and based on proportionate evidence;
  • Effective - deliverable over the plan period, and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic matters that have been dealt with rather than deferred, as evidenced by the statement of common ground; and
  • Consistent with national policy - enabling the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in this Framework and other statements of national planning policy, where relevant.

For further information on the Examination Process please use the links below to access the following documents:-

Planning Inspectorate’s Procedure Guidance for Local Plan Examinations (February 2022)):-


Planning Inspectorate’s short note for those taking part in examinations: (February 2022):-


Programme Officer

Louise St John Howe has been appointed as the Programme Officer for the examination of the Local Plan.   She is an independent Officer of the examination working on behalf of the Inspectors organising and managing lhe administrative and procedural matters of the examination process.  The Programme Officer is the point of contact for any queries concerning the examination  and  Louise can be contacted by email at louise@poservices.co.uk or by telephone on 07789-486419.

Any matters that anyone wishes to raise with the Inspector should be submitted through the Programme Officer.

Contact details:

Louise St John Howe

Programme Officer,

PO Services,

PO Box 10965,

Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 3BF

Telephone: 07789-486419

email: louise@poservices.co.uk

Latest news and updates - latest news and updates on the independent Examination of the Local Plan Review


24 November 2022

Statements of Common Ground have been submitted on Heathlands Garden Settlement, Lidsing Garden Settlement and with Natural England and can be viewed in the Examination Documents at ED67, ED68 and ED69 inclusive.

17 November 2022

The agendas for Week 3 of the hearing sessions (22-25 November 2022) are now available on the Hearing Sessions Page.

The Council have submitted two new evidence documents ED66 Maidstone Local Plan Review Housing Trajectory and ED66A Fiver Year Site Supply List and these can be viewed in the Examination Documents.

14 November 2022

Statements of Common Ground between Maidstone Borough Council and the Defense Infrastructure Organisation, Kent Downs AONB and Kent County Council Minerals have been submitted and can be viewed in the examination documents at ED63, ED64 and ED65 respectively.

3 November 2022

The Council's response to the Inspector's Note (ED38) on Housing Delivery can be viewed at ED58 and ED58A in the Examination documents.

Documents ED59 and ED60 in the examination documents are the Council's proposed modifications to Policy LPRSP4(a) (Heathlands) and 'Heathlands Vision'. These are being put forward by the Council for the Inspector's consideration as to whether they would be necessary for soundness. Their submission as examination documents does not mean the Inspector has prejudged their necessity or validity.

The agendas for Week 2 of the Stage 1 hearing sessions (7-10 November) are now available on the Hearing Sessions page.

24 October 2022

A revised version of ED47 Heathlands Economic Report has been submitted. The revised document and explanatory note concerning the amendment to the document can be viewed in the examination documents at ED47A and ED47B respectively.

21 October 2022

The responses to the Inspector's consultation on Examination Documents ED35, ED36 and ED40-ED53 can now be viewed on the Consultation on Examination Documents page.

28 September 2022

A Statement of Common Ground between Maidstone Borough Council and Kent Downs AONB has been submitted and can be viewed at ED55 in the Examination documents.

20 September 2022

The postponed hearing sessions have been re-scheduled for w/c 7 and 21 November 2022. Full details are available on the Hearing Sessions page.

15 September 2022

An Inspector’s  note to the Council concerning Site Delivery Statement (Housing Land Supply - Matter 8) has been posted is available in the  examination documents at ED38

9 September 2022

Following the death of the Queen, the hearing session due to take place on 9 September 2022 has been cancelled.

The Council will be submitting a quantity of new evidence within the next two weeks. As this relates to the matters under discussion in the remaining Stage 1 hearing sessions, the Inspector has postponed the sessions due to take place w/c 12th and 19th September in order for consultation to take place. Further details on consultation on the documents, revised programme and dates for the re-scheduled hearing sessions will be sent out and posted on the hearing sessions page as soon as possible.

8 September 2022

Two documents have been uploaded concerning the nutrient neutrality assessment for Heathlands. These can be viewed in the examination documents at ED35 and ED36.

MBC have written to the Inspector in response to the note ED34 concerning additional evidence. MBC’s letter can be viewed in the examination documents at ED37

2 September 2022

The hearing statements for Matters 4 and 8.1 can be accessed on the Hearing Statements Page.

The agendas for the first week of the hearing sessions can be viewed on the Hearing Sessions page.

Please see ED34 in the examination documents which sets out the Inspector’s position on the submission of additional evidence.

31 August 2022

The hearings programme has been amended for the first week of the hearing sessions. The revised programme can be viewed on the hearing sessions on the page. Details are shown on the updated Stage 1 Draft Sessions Programme with Participants (002) 31.8.22 and the Draft Outline Programme V.4 31.8.22.

26 August 2022

The hearing statements submitted for Matters 1-3 can now be viewed on the Hearing Statements page. The deadline for hearing statements for Matters 4 and 8 is 1 September and these will be uploaded as soon as possible following this date.

12 August 2022

The Inspector has replied to the MBC Housing Land Supply Topic Paper (ED31). His response can be viewed at ED32 in the examination documents.

The list of those taking part in the Stage 1 hearing sessions can now be viewed on the hearing sessions page Draft Hearings Programme Participants (001) 10.8.22

11 August 2022

The Programme for the hearing sessions has been amended to allow more time for discussion on Matter 2 Issue 3. The amended version Outline Draft Programme V.3 (10.8.22) can be viewed on the Hearing Sessions page.

The Council have submitted a Housing Land Supply and Delivery Topic Paper in response to the Inspectors question IIQ19 in his initial letter to the Council (ED2). The Topic Paper can be viewed in the Examination documents at ED31

The deadline for hearing statements for Stage 1 has been changed and the new deadlines for statements are:

Matters 1, 2 and 3 (Weeks 1 and 2) - Thursday 25 August at 5:00pm

Matters 4 and 8 (Week 3) - Thursday 1 September at 5:00pm

3 August 2022

There is an Inspector's Note at ED26 in the Examination Documents concerning the additional evidence that has been submitted by the Council which has been added to the Examination documents at ED13 through to ED25.

14 July 2022

The council have submitted two further documents in their responses to the Inspector’s initial questions. For Question IIQ17 an appendix to the Maidstone Local Plan review relating to Maidstone Local Plan saved policies at ED9 and for Question IIQ18 an Updated Housing Strategy Topic Paper at ED10

7 July 2022

The hearing sessions of the Examination of the Maidstone Local Plan Review will be held in two stages, with Stage 1 opening at 10.00 am on Tuesday 6 September, 2022. Additional information including the Inspector’s Matters, Issues and Questions for Stage 1, Examination Guidance Notes and the Draft Programme can be viewed on the Hearing Sessions page.

28 June 2022

The Council have responded to the Inspector’s letter of 24th May and their letter and appendices can be viewed at ED4-ED4G in the Examination Documents. The Inspector’s reply to the Council can be viewed at ED5.

9 June 2022

The Council have prepared a schedule of all Regulation 19 representations in policy/paragraph order with their comments on the points raised. The document can be viewed at ED3 in the Examination documents and also on the Regulation 19 responses page.

24 May 2022 

The Inspector has written to the council with his initial questions and his letter can be viewed in the examination document at ED2.

Examination documents - correspondence and documents from the Inspector, Council and Representors following submission of the Local Plan Review

Ref. NoDateDocument SourceDocument TitleDate Uploaded
ED122.4.22Programme OfficerNotification to Regulation 19 Representors of appointment of Inspector.28.4.22
ED224.5.22InspectorInspectors Initial Letter to the Council24.5.22
ED31.6.22Maidstone Borough CouncilRegulation 19 responses in policy/paragraph order with Council comments9.6.22
ED424.6.22Maidstone Borough CouncilReply to Inspector's Letter of 24th May 2022 (ED2)28.6.22
ED4AMay 2022Maidstone Borough CouncilAppendix 1: Summary of Duty to Cooperate28.6.22
ED4BMarch 2022JacobsAppendix 2: Maidstone LP Extended Forecast Modelling Report28.6.22
ED4CMay 2022JacobsAppendix 3: Maidstone HRA Air Quality Technical Note28.6.22
ED4DJanuary 2015JacobsAppendix 4: Maidstone Landscape Capacity Study Sensitivity Assessment28.6.22
ED4EJune 2022Hume ConsultancyAppendix 5: IIQ11 Lidsing Garden Community28.6.22
ED4FApril 2022Charles & AssociatesAppendix 6: Scoping Note for Highways Modelling28.6.22
EDEGJuly 2021Charles & AssociatesAppendix 7: Inputs to Strategic Modelling Lidsing Garden Village28.6.22
ED527.6.22InspectorInspector's reply to Maidstone letter of 24th June 2022 (ED4)28.6.22
ED67.7.22InspectorInspector's Matters, Issues and Questions Stage 17.7.22
ED77.7.22InspectorInspector's Guidance Notes for the Examination7.7.22
ED87.7.22InspectorDraft Outline Programme V.1 (for the latest version please see the Hearing Sessions tab)7.7.22
ED9July 2022Maidstone Borough CouncilIIQ17 Inspector's Letter 24.5.22 (ED2): Maidstone Local Plan Review Appendix14.7.22
ED10March 2022Maidstone Borough CouncilIIQ18 Inspector's Letter 24.5.22 (ED2) Updated Housing Strategy Topic Paper14.7.22
Mr. Simon Bell, CounselLetter on behalf of Lenham Parish Council concerning additional evidence
Inspector’s Reply to ED11A
CPRE, KentLetter from CPRE, Kent concerning additional evidence
Inspector’s reply to ED12A
ED1318.7.22RSK GeosciencesMinerals Assessment for Heathlands Garden Community4.8.22
ED14May 2021JRCReport on initial case for Heathlands Station4.8.22
ED1515.7.22Maidstone Borough CouncilHeathlands Stewardship Matrix4.8.22
ED16July 2022Montagu EvansHeathlands - Proposal to provide property advice for employment land4.8.22
ED1722.7.22VectosPosition Statement: Update to highways Stage 2 modelling for Heathlands4.8.22
ED18A16.3.22Allen PykeLidsing Landscape Capacity Study Rev 'A'4.8.22
ED18B16.3.22Allen PykeLidsing Updated Landscape4.8.22
ED19March 2022Charles & AssociatesLidsing M2 junction 4 landscape mitigations4.8.22
ED20October 2021Allen PykeLidsing Key Kent Downs AONB Views4.8.22
ED20AOctober 2021Allen PykeAppendix A 2984-SK-01A AONB4.8.22
ED20BOctober 2021Allen PykeAppendix B 2984-SK-01A AONB Land 14.8.22
ED21July 2021Charles & AssociatesLidsing M2 junction 4 earthworks4.8.22
ED22A8.6.22Smedvik ConsultingLidsing Stewardship Framework Report4.8.22
ED22B9.7.22Maidstone Borough CouncilLidsing Stewardship Matrix4.8.22
ED2315.7.22Maidstone Borough CouncilPosition Statement Maidstone & Medway Statement of Common Ground4.8.22
ED23ASeptember 2021Maidstone Borough CouncilAppendix 1 Draft Medway Council and MBC4.8.22
ED23BMarch 2022Maidstone Borough CouncilAppendix 2 MC and MBC draft SoCG with track changes4.8.22
ED24August 2022Maidstone Borough CouncilLeeds Langley Topic Paper4.8.22
ED24A20.10.21Kent County CouncilAnnex A: Letter from Cllr. Payne, Kent County Council4.8.22
ED24B23.9.21StantecAnnex B: Policy Designations, Indicative Route Alignment and Dev. Parcels4.8.22
ED24C2021StantecAnnex C: Leeds Langley Corridor (Responding to LPR1) Stantec 20214.8.22
ED24D1.8.22Astun Technology LtdAnnex D: Leeds Langley Safeguarded Area in Local Context4.8.22
ED25July 2022Maidstone Borough Council & Defence Infrastructure OrganisationDRAFT Statement of Common Ground between MBC and DIO for Invicta Barracks4.8.22
ED263.8.22InspectorInspectors Note on submission of additional evidence4.8.22
ED27A29.7.22Save our HeathlandsEmail to Inspector concerning additional evidence from MBC11.8.22
ED27B8.8.22Save our HeathlandsInspector's reply to Save our Heathlands11.8.22
ED28June 2022Maidstone Borough CouncilHeathlands Garden Community - Draft terms of Reference for Political and Key Stakeholder Steering and Delivery Group11.8.22
ED29June 2022Maidstone Borough CouncilLidsing Garden Community - Draft terms of Reference for Political and Key Stakeholder Steering and Delivery Group11.8.22
ED30June 2022Maidstone Borough CouncilInvicta Barracks - Draft terms of Reference for Political and Key Stakeholder Steering and Delivery Group11.8.22
ED31August 2022Maidstone Borough CouncilIIQ19 Inspector's Letter 24.5.22 (ED2) Housing Land Supply and Delivery Topic Paper11.8.22
ED3211.8.22InspectorInspector response to MBC Housing Land Supply Topic Paper (ED31)12.8.22
ED33December 2021Maidstone Borough CouncilEconomic Development Strategy 2021 (also in the evidence base reference LPR 2.70A)31.8.22
ED342.9.22Programme OfficerNote on Additional Evidence2.9.22
ED3529.7.22Natural EnglandLetter from Natural England: Heathlands - Nutrient Neutrality Assessment and Mitigations Proposals8.9.22
ED367.7.22Arcadis Heathlands Nutrient Mitigation Analysis Memo8.9.22
ED378.9.22Maidstone Borough CouncilLetter to Inspector re ED34 (Additional Evidence)8.9.22
ED3815.9.22InspectorInspector's Note on Site Delivery Statements - Matter 815.9.22
ED3915.9.22Maidstone Borough CouncilMBC letter concerning documents (ED40 - ED53C) submitted to Examination20.9.22









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Maidstone Borough Council and Ashford Borough CouncilMaidstone BC and Ashford Duty to Cooperate Meetings
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Minutes 27 November 2019

Minutes 11 June 2020

Minutes 26 November 2020

Minutes 8 March 2021

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Maidstone Borough Council and Medway CouncilMaidstone BC and Medway Council Duty to Cooperate Meetings (References for the appendices exclude the letters 'I' and 'O')
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Minutes 30 July 2019

Minutes 18 June 2020

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MBC, Kent County Council & National HighwaysMaidstone BC, Kent County Council & National Highways DtC Meetings
Minutes 9 July 2021

Minutes 15 July 2021

Minutes 3 February 2022
ED431.9.22Brett GroupLetter from Brett Group (minerals extraction Heathlands) to Inspector Spencer20.9.22
ED44Sept 2022RSK GeosciencesHeathlands - Refined Minerals Resource Assessment20.9.22
ED4513.9.22JRCHeathlands Railway Station - Position Statement20.9.22
ED46Sept 2022Homes EnglandHeathlands Development Project Delivery Plan (updated)20.9.22




Homes England and Maidstone Borough CouncilHeathlands Economic Report

Amended Heathlands Economic Report

MBC Explanatory note on amendments to original report (ED47)





Homes England & Maidstone Borough Council

Heathlands Economic Report

ED48Nov 21Homes EnglandAccelerated Housing Delivery on Large Sites20.9.22
ED492.8.22Homes EnglandCommunity Engagement20.9.22
ED502018Homes EnglandHomes England Strategic Plan 2018/19 - 2022/2320.9.22
April 2020StantecLPR 2.5 Appendix A Method Statements & Questions
LPR 2.5 Appendix B Viability Report (both appendices also in Examination library at LPR 2.5A and LPR 2.5B respectively)
ED52Sept 2022Maidstone Borough CouncilLeeds Langley Corridor Position Statement (Sept 2022)20.9.22
ED53AAugust 2022Charles & AssociatesLidsing Garden Community
Transport Assessment Volume 1 - Sustainable Transport Strategy

August 2022Charles & AssociatesTransport Assessment Volume 2 - Traffic Impact Assessment Part 1 (Main Text)

Transport Assessment Volume 2 - Traffic Impact Assessment Part 2 (Figures & Appendices)
ED53CAugust 2022Charles & AssociatesTransport Assessment 3 - Infrastructure Proposals20.9.22
ED5420.9.22InspectorInspector's Note on additional evidence documents20.9.22
ED55Sept 2022MBC and Kent Downs AONBSoCG between Maidstone Borough Council and Kent Downs AONB28.9.22
ED562020Maidstone Borough CouncilMaidstone Borough Council Statement of Community Involvement28.9.22
ED57October 2022Save our HeathlandsHeathlands Garden Settlement (Matter 3) Recommended viewpoints of the proposed settlement by Save our Heathlands (SOHL)24.10.22

19.10.22Maidstone Borough CouncilMaidstone Borough Council response to Inspector's note on site delivery (ED38)

Housing Land Supply Analysis Paper 2022
ED5927.10.22Maidstone Borough CouncilMBC suggested Main Modifications to Policy LPRSP4(a) - Heathlands3.11.22
ED6013.10.22Maidstone Borough CouncilMBC suggested Main Modifications 'Heathlands Vision'3.11.22
ED6113.10.22Maidstone Borough CouncilMBC suggested Main Modifications to Policy LPRSS13.11.22
ED6211.11.22Kent Downs AONBHeathlands - AONB suggested viewpoints14.11.22
ED633.11.22Maidstone Borough Council & Defense Infrastructure OrganisationStatement of Common Ground between Defense Infrastructure Organisation and Maidstone Borough Council14.11.22
ED643.11.22Maidstone Borough Council & Kent Downs AONBStatement of Common Ground between Maidstone Borough Council and Kent Downs AONB14.11.22
ED6511.11.22Maidstone Borough Council and Kent County CouncilStatement of Common Ground between Maidstone Borough Council and Kent County Council Minerals.14.11.22

November 2022Maidstone Borough CouncilMaidstone Local Plan Review Housing Trajectory

Appendix 4 - Five year supply site list
ED677.11.22Maidstone Borough Council, Kent Down AONB & Homes EnglandStatement of Common Ground - Heathlands Garden Settlement24.11.22
ED6821.11.22Maidstone Borough Council, West Downs AONB & F D AtwoodStatement of Common Ground - Lidsing Garden Settlement24.11.22
ED6921.11.22Maidstone Borough Council and Natural EnglandStatement of Common Ground between MBC and Natural England24.11.22

Hearing sessions - a series of public hearings conducted by the Planning Inspector will take place during the examination of the Local Plan Review


The hearing sessions will be held in two Stages with the Stage 1 hearings opening on Tuesday 6 September 2022 at 10.00 am. 

All the hearing sessions will be live-streamed and a link to the live stream will be available on this page when the sessions are taking place.

Click HERE for live stream of the hearings sessions.

Depending on the outcome of these hearings, the Stage 2 hearing would take place later in 2022 or early 2023.

Stage 1 Hearings:

To see agendas and daily participants please see the below Week 1 and Week 2 tabs.

Hearing Statements for Matters 1-3 can be viewed under the Hearing Statements tab.

Draft Programme with Participants (006) 17.11.22

Draft Outline Programme V.5 (17.9.22)

Hearing Sessions Documents:

ED6  Inspector's Matters, Issues and Questions Stage 1

ED7  Inspector's Guidance Notes for the Examination


Maidstone Town Hall, High Street, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1TF.

Week 3:   Tuesday 22 November -  Friday 25 November

Hearing Sessions Week 1 (6 September 2022- 9 September 2022)


Week 1: Tuesday 6 September - Friday 9 September

Hearing Agendas

6 September 2022

7 September 2022

8 September 2022

9 September 2022

Programme & Participants

Week 1 Daily Participants

Hearing Sessions Week 2 (7 November 2022 - 10 November 2022)


Week 2: Monday 7 November - Thursday 10 November

Hearing Agendas

7 November 2022

8 November 2022 - Morning

8 November 2022 - Afternoon

9 November 2022

10 November 2022

Programme & Participants

Week 2 Daily Participants

Hearing Sessions Week 3 (22 November 2022 - 25 November 2022)


Hearing Statements for Matters 1-3


Matter 1 - Legal Compliance, Consultation and Duty to Cooperate

IDRepresentorAgentDocument Title
 Maidstone Borough Council-Matter 1.1
Matter 1.2
3380Boxley Parish Council-Matter 1
303516Bredhurst Parish Council-Matter 1
1303461Charing Parish Council-Matter 1
1256526Cllr Janetta Sams
Cllr Tom Sams
-Matter 1
1260179Countryside PropertiesDHA PlanningMatter 1
Appendix 1
Appendix 2
1254643CPRE-Matter 1
1257938CroudaceECE PlanningMatter 1
1303529Egerton Parish Council-Matter 1
1303541Fish Legal-Matter 1
955283Gladman-Matter 1
1257404Gleeson LandBarton Willmore now StantecMatter 1
1228079Home Builders' Federation-Matter 1
84991Kent Association of Local Councils-Matter 1
1257414Kent County Council-Matter 1
1303482Lenham Parish Council-Matter 1
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
835521Lidsing Garden Promoter (F.D. Attwood)Hulme Planning ConsultancyMatter 1
1217848Medway Council-Matter 1
1272897Mr. Henry Shotter-Matter 1
1259371Mr. P J BurkeMD AssociatesMatter 1
1224852Mr. Peter Titchener-Matter 1
1287718Mr. Ray Dines-Matter 1
1261747Natural England-Matter 1
1303787Quinn EstatesMontagu EvansMatter 1
1259377Save our Heathlands-Matter 1
1259392Vistry GroupBoyer PlanningMatter 1
1228380Wates DevelopmentsCBREMatter 1

Matter 2.1, 2 and 3 - Spatial Strategy

IDRepresentorAgentDocument Title
 Maidstone Borough Council-Matter 2.1
Matter 2.2
Matter 2.3
591899Appin Land (Headcorn) Ltd-Matter 2
3380Boxley Parish Council-Matter 2
303516Bredhurst Parish Council-Matter 2
Appendix 1
1197816CBRE - Mr. Ben PosfordWoolf BondMatter 2
1260179Charterhouse StrategicDHA PlanningMatter 2
588924Country House Homes-Matter 2
1256591Countryside PartnershipsDHA PlanningMatter 2
1260179Countryside PropertiesDHA PlanningMatter 2
Appendix 1
1254643CPRE-Matter 2
1256911Crest NicholsonVincent GorbingMatter 2
1257938CroudaceECE PlanningMatter 2
1261753Dandara (South East) LtdDHA PlanningMatter 2
591899Gallagher PropertiesDHA PlanningMatter 2
955283Gladman-Matter 2
1257404Gleeson LandBarton Willmore now StantecMatter 2
591899Harvestore Systems (Holdings) Ltd-Matter 2
1228079Home Builders' Federation-Matter 2
84991Kent Associations of Local Councils-Matter 2
1257414Kent County Council-Matter 2
558620Kent Downs AONB-Matter 2
1260067Kent SME Developers NetworkEsquire DevelopmentsMatter 2
1303799Kitewood EstatesCarney SweeneyMatter 2
1303482Lenham Parish Council-Matter 2
835521Lidsing Garden Promoter (F.D. Attwood)Hulme Planning ConsultancyMatter 2
1259447Maidstone Investment HoldingsSavillsMatter 2
1217848Medway Council-Matter 2
1260179Mr. J MillsDHA PlanningMatter 2
1303204Mr. Martin Davison-White-Matter 2.3
Appendix 1
1259371Mr. P J BurkeMD AssociatesMatter 2
1224852Mr. Peter Titchener-Matter 2
980123Ms. Helen Whatley MP-Matter 2
228516Ms. Jane RandallMr. Jeremy ElsomMatter 2.3
1261747Natural England-Matter 2
591889Pickhill DevelopmentsDHA PlanningMatter 2
1303787Quinn EstatesMontagu EvansMatter 2
1257944Staplehurst Devs and Farnham  HomesWoolf BondMatter 2
1257944Taylor WimpeyWoolf BondMatter 2
1259392Vistry GroupBoyer PlanningMatter 2
1228380Wates DevelopmentsCBREMatter 2
Appendix A

Matter 3.1 - General Policy Approach to Garden Settlements

IDRepresentorAgentDocument Title
 Maidstone Borough Council-Matter 3.1
3380Boxley Parish Council-Matter 3.1
303516Bredhurst Parish Council-Matter 3.1
Appendix 2
Appendix 3
Appendix 4
1260179Countryside PropertiesDHA PlanningMatter 3.1
1254643CPRE-Matter 3.1
1256911Crest NicholsonVincent GorbingMatter 3
1257938CroudaceECE PlanningMatter 3.1
1303529Egerton Parish Council-Matter 3.1
955283Gladman-Matter 3.1
847213Harrietsham Parish Council-Matter 3.1
1257414Kent County Council-Matter 3.1
558620Kent Downs AONB-Matter 3.1
1303482Lenham Parish Council-Matter 3.1
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
835521Lidsing Garden Promoter (F.D Attwood)Hulme Planning ConsultancyMatter 3.1
1217848Medway Council-Matter 3.1
1261747Natural England-Matter 3.1
1259377Save our Heathlands-Matter 3.1

Matter 3.2 - Heathlands

IDRepresentorAgentDocument Title
 Maidstone Borough Council-Matter 3.2
1256526Cllr Janetta Sams
Cllr Tom Sams
-Matter 3
1260179Countryside PropertiesDHA PlanningMatter 3.2
1254643CPRE-Matter 3.2
1256911Crest NicholsonVincent GorbingMatter 3.2
1257938CroudaceECE PlanningMatter 3.2
1303529Egerton Parish Council-Matter 3.2
1303541Fish Legal-Matter 3.2
955283Gladman-Matter 3.2
847213Harrietsham Parish Council-Matter 3.2
591899Harvestore Systems (Holdings) LtdDHA PlanningMatter 3.2
558620Kent Downs AONB-Matter 3.2
1257414Kent County Council-Matter 3.2
1303482Lenham Parish Council-Matter 3.2
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
980123Ms. Helen Whatley MP-Matter 3.2
228516Ms. Jane Randall-Matter 3.2
1261747Natural England-Matter 3.2
1259512Parkwood Trout Farm (Mr and Ms. Davis)-Matter 3.2
1303787Quinn EstatesMontagu EvansMatter 3.2
1259377Save our Heathlands-Matter 3.2

Matter 3.3 Lidsing

IDRepresentorAgentDocument Title
 Maidstone Borough Council-Matter 3.3
3380Boxley Parish Council-Matter 3.3
303516Bredhurst Parish Council-Matter 3.3
Appendix 2
Appendix 3
Appendix 4
Cllr Heide Bryant, Cllr Anne Brindle and Cllr. Bob Hinder-Matter 3.3
588924Country House Homes Ltd-Matter 3.3
1260179Countryside PropertiesDHA PlanningMatter 3.3
1254643CPRE-Matter 3.3
1256911Crest NicholsonVincent GorbingMatter 3.3
1257938CroudaceECE PlanningMatter 3.3
955283Gladman-Matter 3.3
1257414Kent County Council-Matter 3.3
558620Kent Downs AONB-Matter 3.3
835521Lidsing Garden Promoter (F.D. Attwood)Hulme Planning ConsultancyMatter 3.3
1217848Medway Council-Matter 3.3
1256520Mr. Rehman Chishti MP-Matter 3.3
980123Ms. Helen Whatley MP-Matter 3.3
1256894Ms. Tracey Crouch MP-Matter 3.3
1261747Natural England-Matter 3.3

Hearing Statements for Matters 4 and 8


Matter 4.1 - Leeds Langley Corridor

IDRepresentorAgentDocument Title
 Maidstone Borough Council-Matter 4.1
1254643CPRE Kent-Matter 4.1
842853Countryside PropertiesDHA PlanningMatter 4.1
591899Gallagher PropertiesDHA PlanningMatter 4.1
843721Mr. John Hughes-Matter 4.1
84991Kent Association of Local Councils-Matter 4.1
1257414Kent County Council-Matter 4.1
558620Kent Downs AONB-Matter 4.1
1303482Lenham Parish Council-Matter 4.1
1303789Mr. Rob Shroeder-Matter 4.1
1224852Mr. Peter Titchener-Matter 4.1
1228380Wates DevelopmentsCBRE Matter 4.1
Appendix A

Matter 4.2 - Invicta Barracks

IDRepresentorAgentDocument Title
 Maidstone Borough Council-Matter 4.2
1254643CPRE Kent -Matter 4.2
842853Countryside PropertiesDHA PlanningMatter 4.2
1257409Defence Infrastructure OrganisationG L HearnMatter 4.2
1257404Gleeson DevelopmentsBarton Willmore now StantecMatter 4.2
1257414Kent County Council-Matter 4.2
1303482Lenham Parish Council-Matter 4.2

Matter 8.1 - Housing Land Supply - Overview

IDRepresentorAgentDocument Title
 Maidstone Borough Council-Matter 8.1
588924Country House Homes Ltd-Matter 8.1
842853Countryside PropertiesDHA  PlanningMatter 8.1
1256911Crest NicholsonVincent GorbingMatter 8.1
1261753Dandara South East LtdDHA PlanningMatter 8.1
1255354Mr. Jeremy Elsom-Matter 8.1
1257404Gleeson DevelopmentsBarton Willmore now StantecMatter 8.1
1228079Home Builder's Federation-Matter 8.1
843721Mr. John Hughes-Matter 8.1
84991Kent Association of Local Councils-Matter 8.1
1260067Kent SME Developers NetworkEsquire DevelopmentsMatter 8.1
1303788Kitewood HomesCarney SweeneyMatter 8.1
1303482Lenham Parish Council-Matter 8.1
1259371Mr. P J BurkeMD AssociatesMatter 8.1
1303787Quinn EstatesMontagu EvansMatter 8.1
1259392Vistry GroupBoyer PlanningMatter 8.1
1228380Wates DevelopmentsCBREMatter 8.1

Consultation on Examination Documents


Please see the Inspector's note below for information on the consultation. The deadline for responses to the consultation is 12 noon on Thursday 20 October.

ED54 Inspector's Note on consultation on documents ED40A-ED53C

Link to the examination documents:-   https://localplan.maidstone.gov.uk/home/local-plan-review-examination

Responses to Consultation

RepresentorAgentDocument Title
Bredhurst Parish Council-Response 
Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Councillors Janetta and Tom Sams-Response
Country House Homes-Response ED41
Countryside PropertiesDHA PlanningResponse ED51b and ED46
Garden Settlements
Duty to Cooperate
CPRE Kent-Response
CroudaceECE PlanningResponse
Environment Agency-Response
Fish Legal-Response (Natural England Letter)
Gallagher PropertiesDHA PlanningResponse
Harvestore LtdDHA PlanningResponse ED47
Kent County Council-Response
Lenham Parish Council-Response ED45
Response ED46
Response ED47
Response ED48
Response ED52
Appendix 1 - Heathlands Landscape Constraints
Appendix 2 - Heathlands Landscape Sensitivity
Concluding Statement
Medway Council-Response
Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Natural England-Response
Quinn EstatesMontagu EvansResponse
Mr. Ray Dines-Response Lidsing
Mr. Matthew Foster-Response Heathlands
Mr. Robert Schroeder-Response Heathlands Minerals
Ms. Alison Davis (Parkwood Trout Farm)-Response Heathlands
Ms. Henny Shotter-Response
Ms. Tracey Crouch MP-Response
Save our Heathlands-Response
Appendix 1
Southern Water-Response Heathlands

Examination library (evidence base) and submission documents - full list of evidence base documents that support the Local Plan Review


The library of supporting documents for our plan can be found on our Local Plan Review Evidence Page.

View the evidence library here.

The Public Notice outlines where copies of key submission documents can be viewed.

Responses received at Regulation 19 (2021) - representations received as part of the Local Plan Review submission version publication period (Regulation 19/20)Responses received at Regulation 19 (2021) - representations received as part of the Local Plan Review submission version publication period (Regulation 19/20)


The Council invited comments on the draft submission document and this opened at 9.00am on Friday 29 October 2021 and closed at 11.59pm on Sunday 12 December 2021.The Maidstone Borough Council Local Plan Review: Regulation 19 draft for submission document was accompanied by a consultation on the accompanying Sustainability Appraisal.

Representations resulting from the Local Plan Review Regulation 19 were published on Friday 11th March 2022. All representations received have been uploaded and can be viewed here

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