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Local Plan Review


Contents

  • Consultations
  • What is the Local Plan Review?
  • Local Plan Review Process
  • Evidence Base
  • Previous Consultations

Consultations

There are no current consultations on the Local Plan Review. See the 'Previous Consultations' section below.


What is the Local Plan Review?

Local plans must be consistent with national policy but can also take on board local planning issues that are important to Maidstone.

The adopted Maidstone Borough Local Plan provides a framework for development until 2031. It plans for homes, jobs, shopping, leisure and the environment, and provides infrastructure to support these. The plan was formally adopted at Full Council on 25 October 2017.

The Local Plan Review will ensure that the Local Plan remains up to date.

Local Plan Review 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 intend to review it. The LDS sets out the timetable for our Local Plan Review. The Local Development Scheme 2020 – 2022 (September 2020 edition) which was approved by Full Council on 30th September 2020 has been amended. The LDS 2020-2022 outlined that the Regulation 19 consultation was to take place in June 2021.

There have been changes to the Local Plan Review timetable, and subsequently the LDS. The reason for the change is to help Maidstone Borough Council respond to government changes to the standard methodology used to calculate housing need and to help respond to the significant responses received during the Regulation 18 Preferred Approaches Consultation. The Local Development Scheme 2021-2023 was approved by Full Council on 14th July 2021 and took effect on the same day.

The public notice can be viewed here.

The Council is currently complying with the timetable.

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 is a temporary addendum in relation to Covid 19 which can be viewed here. As restrictions are lifted and libraries reopen the Council will make documents available for public viewing. See table below for information on which libraries are open and what documents will be available.

Libraries which are open

Documents to be made available

Allington

Bearsted

Coxheath

Headcorn

Kent History and Library Centre

Lenham

Madginford

Marden

Shepway

Staplehurst

Yalding

Local Plan Review – Preferred Approaches (Regulation 18b)

Marden Neighbourhood Plan – post referendum documents and adoption documents.

Boughton Monchelsea Neighbourhood Plan – Regulation 16 consultation; decision to move to referendum; referendum documents; post referendum documents and adoption documents.

Lenham Neighbourhood Plan – Decision to move to referendum; referendum documents; post referendum documents and adoption documents.

Otham  Neighbourhood Plan – Regulation 16 consultation; decision to move to referendum; and referendum documents.

Sustainability Appraisal

The Sustainability Appraisal assessment process communicates significant sustainability issues and effects of emerging plans and policies. The appraisal informs the plan-making process by helping refine the contents of documents. This will help maximise the benefits of sustainable development to avoid or minimise adverse effects.

A Scoping Report has been produced to provide context and determine the scope of the Sustainability Appraisal. It sets out the assessment framework for undertaking the later stages of the Sustainability Appraisal.

The report has been published for consultation to the bodies of Historic England, Natural England and the Environment Agency. The consultation will run for 5 weeks between 4 February 2019 and 11 March 2019.cx

A Sustainability Appraisal of the Topic Paper Options has been produced to consider the four Spatial Approaches identified through the topic papers.

The Sustainability Appraisal of the Options for Spatial Strategy, Site Allocations and Garden Settlements appraises the overall strategy of the Local Plan Review and appraises the plan on a site by site basis.  This underwent consultation in December 2020.

Interim Sustainability Appraisal of Maidstone Local Plan Review Regulation 18b assesses the draft regulation 18b Preferred Approaches consultation document.

Authority Monitoring Report

The Authority Monitoring Report (AMR) for Maidstone provides a framework with which to monitor and review the effectiveness of Local Plan Policies.

Call for Sites

MBC initially ran a call for sites exercise between March and May 2019. The purpose of the Call for Sites is to establish what land is potentially available in the Borough. The land that is submitted will form an important part of the evidence base that underpins the spatial pattern of development included in the Local Plan.

We cannot guarantee that sites submitted from 9th January 2021 will be processed for this Local Plan Review. Sites submitted from the 9th January 2021 may be considered as part of a future Local Plan Review.

For more information visit our Call for Sites page.

Duty to Cooperate

The document below details duty to cooperate with neighbouring authorities since the adoption of the Local Plan in 2017.  This document will be updated on a regular basis as discussions continue.

Summary of Duty to Cooperate

Evidence Base

Maidstone Strategic Housing Market Assessment

Maidstone Economic Development Needs Study Stage One

Maidstone Economic Development Needs Study Stage Two

Settlement hierarchy matrix

Infrastructure Capacity

Draft Strategic Land Availability Assessment

Strategic Land Availability Assessment, Appendix A - Green Site Assessments

Strategic Land Availability Assessment, Appendix B - Red Site Assessments

SFRA Level 1 update and Level 2

SFRA Level 1 update and Level 2 Appendices

Integrated Transport Strategy indications

Transport Modelling Draft Technical Note

Garden Communities Part 1

Garden Communities Part 2

Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report

Sustainability Appraisal of the Topic Paper

Sustainability Appraisal of the Options for Spatial Strategy

Interim Sustainability Appraisal of Maidstone Local Plan Review Regulation 18b

HRA Scoping

HRA Screening Report

Economic Spatial Topic Paper

Environment Topic paper

Housing Spatial Topic Paper

Social Infrastructure Spatial Topic Paper

Retail and Leisure Spatial Topic Paper

Transport and Air Quality Spatial Topic Paper

Sports Facilities Strategy

Playing Pitch Strategy

Additional Evidence


Further to the evidence base listed above, the ‘Local Plan Review – Regulation 18 Preferred Approaches Consultation (Dec 2020)’ refers to additional Maidstone Borough Council studies that have been published previously.  These publications are included below for ease of reference.

Landscape Character Assessment 2013

Draft Climate Change and Biodiversity Strategy 2020

Custom & Self-Build Register

Economic Development Strategy 2015

Low Emissions Strategy 2017

Parks and Open Space Strategy 2017

Metropolitan Green Belt Review 2016

Green & Blue Infrastructure Strategy

Integrated Transport Strategy 2011-31

Infrastructure Delivery Plan 2020

Kent Design Guide 2005

Kent Downs AONB Management Plan 2014-2019 

Building for Life 12

Air Quality Planning Guidance 2017

Maidstone Borough Council Strategic plan 2019 - 2045

Previous Consultations

Local Plan Review - Scoping, Themes & Issues Public Consultation 2019

Between 19th July 2019 and 30th September 2019 we consulted on the Local Plan Review Scoping, Themes and Issues (Regulation 18a). .

Click here to view the responses received for this public consultation.

Local Plan Review: Regulation 18b Preferred Approach Consultation 2020

The consultation on the Preferred Approaches (Regulation 18b) for the Local Plan Review opened on 1st of December 2020 and closed 8th of January 2021. The consultation document sets out the preferred spatial strategy for future development, proposed amendments to existing strategic and development management policies and new development management policies for the period 2022-2037.

The Local Plan Review – Preferred Approaches document (Regulation 18b) and supporting documents are available to view and download below:

Please note that there are corrections to this document that can be found below:

The publication of the representations for the Regulation 18 Preferred Approaches Consultation 2020 commenced on Wednesday 3rd March 2021. All representations received have now been uploaded and can be viewed here.

We cannot guarantee that sites submitted from 9th January 2021 will be processed for this Local Plan Review. Sites submitted from the 9th January 2021 may be considered as part of a future Local Plan Review.

Sustainability Appraisal

A consultation on the Sustainability Appraisal accompanying the Regulation 18b Preferred Approach ran simultaneously.

The Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes regulations (2004) requires that all Development Plan Documents are required to be subject to a Sustainability Appraisal.  This is reiterated in the National Planning Policy Framework.  The Sustainability Appraisal is required to consider and communicate the key sustainability issues and effects of emerging policies and any reasonable alternatives.

The Sustainability Appraisal is an iterative process which runs alongside the development of a plan and informs the ongoing decision-making process.  The document being consulted on is a record of the appraisal work carried out to date.

The sustainability appraisal can be viewed here:

The consultation opened on Tuesday 1st December and will closed on 5pm Friday 8th January.

Click here to view the responses received to the Interim Sustainability Appraisal of Maidstone Local Plan Review Regulation 18b Consultation.

Please note: the responses recorded on the Objective Portal relating to the Interim Sustainability Appraisal Maidstone Local Plan Review are those made solely in response to that consultation. Other comments made on the Sustainability Appraisal through the Local Plan Review Regulation 18b Consultation responses have also been recorded but are not repeated here.

Habitats Regulation Assessment

A Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) is a distinct stage of assessment that are undertaken in accordance with the Conservation of Habitats and Species regulations 2017 (as amended) and the Conservation of Offshore Marine Habitat Species Regulations 2017 (as amended).  The HRA determines, prior to adoption of a plan, whether it will affect protected features and habitat sites.

A HRA scoping was undertaken in June 2020, this was followed by a screening which was undertaken in November 2020.

Both the HRA scoping and screening can be found in the document linked below:

Alternative ways to access the consultation document.

The consultation document also has a read aloud function to assist access to it. This can be used via downloading the document as a PDF and opening it in Adobe Acrobat Reader. Once this has been done click view – read out loud – activate read out loud – then you can choose to read an individual page or the whole document.


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