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 As restrictions have been lifted this addendum has now been revoked.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 2021-2024 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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