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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 will now assess the sites received.

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

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 Council will be updating its LDS to reflect changes to the timing of the Design and Sustainability DPD. The current timetable indicates a public consultation taking place from April 2022, which will now take place at a later date. Once a revised timetable is approved, an updated LDS will replace the LDS 2021 – 2024.


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