Design and Sustainability DPD

Design and Sustainability Development Plan Document – Scoping, Themes & Issues Public Consultation (Regulation 18)

The preparation of a Design and Sustainability Development Plan Document is underway.

As first step, we prepared a Scoping, Themes & Issues document which provides background on the things we think it will be important to include in the document.  We asked for your views on these matters and any others you think the document will need to cover through a series of consultation questions to help frame your feedback.

The Design and Sustainability Development Plan Document – Scoping, Themes and Issues (Regulation 18) is available to view and download below:

This consultation ran from 4.00pm on Friday 28th October 2022 to 5.00pm on Monday 12th December 2022.

Publicity for the consultation was in line with the regulations, along with the Council's published Statement of Community Involvement. In addition to the formal consultation, the council also ran an interactive mapping event to allow residents and other interested parties to share their views on the parts of the borough that they like and dislike. The responses to this will help the council understand what it should seek to achieve from the DPD.

Processing of the representations is now taking place. All consultation comments will be made publicly available on the consultation portal in due course (https://maidstone.objective.co.uk/portal). This is so that interested parties can view all the responses that have been received. Published information will include the comment and responder name. All demographic and contact data will be removed.   All data is processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018. The consultation responses will be used to inform the next stages of the Development Plan Document.)

What is the Design and Sustainability Development Plan Document?

The Council is commencing on the production of a Design and Sustainability Development Plan Document (DPD). The Council resolved to prepare a DPD at the Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Committee on the 21st September 2021.  This DPD will form a part of the Development Plan, in addition to the Local Plan Review and other DPD’s.

The Design and Sustainability DPD will be focused on non-spatial planning policies and will achieve higher quality and more sustainable design across the Borough.  The DPD will sit alongside and build on the policies in the Local Plan Review, and will provide the basis for Development Management decision making, it will reinforce Development Management decisions, and provide stronger defence to planning appeals. The DPD will be focussed on matters pertaining to the achievement of high-quality development which contributes to sustainability at a number of levels, and which makes a significant contribution to the biodiversity and climate change agenda of the Council.

The DPD will be informed by evidence to justify and the adoption of higher design and sustainability standards where these can be achieved.  It will specifically cover matters in relation to:

  • Water efficiency
  • Low carbon energy
  • Sustainable buildings
  • Building design
  • Biodiversity and landscaping
  • Open space provision
  • Sustainable connectivity
  • Internal space standards
  • Lighting

DPD Process

Statement of Community Involvement 2020

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 which can be viewed here. As restrictions have been lifted this addendum has now been revoked.

Local Development Scheme

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.

Local Development Scheme: Addendum

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

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