Local Plan Monitoring and Process Documents

Process documents

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 As restrictions have been lifted this addendum has now been revoked.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.

Infrastructure Delivery Plan

The Infrastructure Delivery Plan 2021 (IDP) accompanies the Maidstone Borough Local Plan. The IDP identifies the infrastructure schemes considered necessary to support the development proposed in the Local Plan, outlines how and when these will be delivered. The IDP is a “living document”, subject to regular review and therefore will build upon the emerging Local Plan Review.


The council is required to report on the progress of the adopted Local Plan and to what extent Local Plan Policies are being achieved.

Housing Land Supply 1 April 2021

Authority Monitoring Reports

The council produces its Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) each year. The document reports on the progress of the local plan and whether the targets in Maidstone’s local planning policies are being achieved.

Brownfield Land Register 2021

Self-Build Register

If you are interested in self-build or custom build projects in your area sign up to the Self-Build Register.

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