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Maidstone Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople DPD


What is the Maidstone Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Development Plan Document?

The Council is producing a Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Development Plan Document (DPD). This DPD will form a part of the Development Plan, in addition to the Local Plan Review.

An early stage in the production of the Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople DPD is a targeted Call for Sites exercise to identify potential new sites so that the needs of local communities can be adequately and appropriately addressed.

The Call for Sites exercise took place between Tuesday 1st February and Thursday 31st March 2022. The Council is currently assessing all of the sites received for their suitability for inclusion in the DPD. In the meantime, we have made all of the responses received available on our Google Drive.

Importantly, submitting a site through the Call for Sites does not mean that it will prove suitable for inclusion in the Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople DPD, or that it will get planning permission in the future.  The Call for Sites’ purpose is to give the council a starting list of candidate sites to consider in the preparation of the Gypsy, Traveller, and Travelling Showpeople DPD.

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 As restrictions have been lifted this addendum has now been revoked.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 2021-2023 was approved by Full Council on 14th July 2021 and outlined the timetable for our Local Plan Review.

The LDS has been amended to include the Design and Sustainability DPD and the Gypsy and Traveller DPD. The Local Development Scheme 2021-2024 was approved by Full Council on 8th December and took effect the same day.

The public notice can be viewed here.

Local Development Scheme: Addendum

The Council is required to prepare a Local Development Scheme (LDS). A LDS sets out the timetable for the delivery and outline content of planning policy documents. The LDS 2021 - 2024 was approved by Full Council on 8th December 2021 and took effect the same day.

The timing of the Design and Sustainability DPD requires amendment. A revised LDS was presented to Executive on 27th July 2022. The Executive resolved to recommend to Council that the Local Development Scheme 2022-2024 be approved to come into effect on 28th September 2022. The timetable agreed at Executive is provided below.

Scope and matters consultation (Regulation 18a)

Preferred approaches consultation (Regulation 18b)Draft DPD consultation (Regulation 19)Submission (Regulation 22)Examination hearing sessions (Regulation 24)Main modification consultationAdoption (Regulation 26)

October to November 2022

April to May 2023September to October 2023March to April 2024June to July 2024September to October 2024December 2026

Once the revised timetable is approved, the Local Development Scheme 2022-2024 will replace the Local Development Scheme 2021-2024. The timetables for delivery of the Local Plan Review and Gypsy and Traveller DPD remain unchanged.


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