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Local Plan Review


Consultations

Draft for Submission Local Plan consultation (Regulation 19)

The Borough Council has published the draft for submission version of its Local Plan review (also known as the Regulation 19 version). The Regulation 19 draft for submission document will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for Examination. It is the version that the council seek to adopt, subject to the examination and will replace the current Adopted Local Plan 2017.

The Local Plan Review sets out the proposed planning policies to guide development in the borough up to 2037.

The consultation on the draft for submission document opens on 9.00am on Friday 29 October 2021 and we need to receive your comments no later than 11.59pm on Sunday 12 December 2021. The draft for submission document, associated policies map and representation form can be downloaded using the links.

Local Plan Review Regulation 19 Response Form: Clarification

Following an enquiry from Councillors Mr and Mrs Sams, the initial paragraphs of the response form set out which fields are mandatory, therefore remaining fields are voluntary.

Sustainability Appraisal

The Maidstone Borough Council Local Plan Review: Regulation 19 draft for submission document is accompanied by a consultation on the accompanying Sustainability Appraisal. The Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes regulations (2004) requires that all Development Plan Documents are 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. It 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 the Sustainability Appraisal of the Maidstone Local Plan Review Regulation 19 Submission Consultation.

How to take part?

As part of the Draft Regulation 19 Local Plan Review consultation process, we are inviting you to submit your representations on the soundness and legal compliance (including with the duty to cooperate) as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Any comments should be made using the Regulation 19 Representation Form via the online consultation portal -https://maidstone-consult.objective.co.uk/portal/

Alternatively, comments can be submitted following the format of the Regulation 19 Representation Form using the below methods.

  • By email to ldf@maidstone.gov.uk
  • By post to Strategic Planning, Maidstone Borough Council, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone, ME15 6JQ

All responses must contain your full name and postal address in order for your response to be processed as part of this consultation.

Alongside the draft for submission document, the council have updated its Local Plan Review evidence base which can be viewed below. If you would like to purchase a copy of the Local Plan Review draft for submission Regulation 19 here.

In order to see the past consultations please 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.

Sustainability Appraisal

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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

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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

Open

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

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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

Evidence Base - first published for Regulation 19 consultation 2021

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Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) Update

Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) Update

Housing Trajectory with Annual Completions

Economic Development Needs Study (EDNS) Addendum 2021

Garden Settlements Economic Report

Maidstone Settlement Hierarchy Study Review FINAL 2021

Infrastructure Delivery Plan

Strategic Land Availability Assessment (SLAA) Update 2021

Habitat Regulations Assessment with Appropriate Assessment

Economic Development Topic Paper

Environment Topic Paper

Housing Topic Paper

Social Infrastructure Topic Paper

Retail and Leisure Topic Paper

Transport and Air Quality Topic Paper

Spatial Strategy Topic Paper

Sports Facilities Strategy (SFS) Update

Playing Pitch Strategy (PPS) Update

Agricultural Land Assessment Paper  2021

Maidstone Heritage Asset Assessment

Minerals and Waste Infrastructure Assessment

Climate Change, Biodiversity and Standards Paper

Water Environment Supplementary document

Duty to Cooperate Statement

Maidstone LPR Consultation Statement

Local Plan Review Equalities Impact Assessment

Maidstone Viability Assessment

Integrated Transport Strategy (ITS) (September 2021)

Integrated Transport Strategy Addendum (September 2021)

Stage 2 Maidstone Local Plan - Local Plan Model Validation Report v1

Stage 2 Maidstone Local Plan - Initial Options Forecast Report (Option 1 Scenario)

Maidstone Local Transport Model - Mitigation and Sustainability Sensitivity Test

Maidstone Local Plan Review - Stage 2 Air Quality Report

Maidstone Local Transport Model - Option 2 Results

Leeds Langley Corridor (Responding to Local Plan 2017 Policy LPR1)

Leeds Langley Corridor (Responding to Local Plan 2017 Policy LPR1) - Appendix A Leeds Langley Viability Testing

Heathlands Garden Settlement

Lidsing Garden Settlement

Evidence Base - first published for Regulation 18b Preferred Approaches consultation 2020

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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  refers to additional information that have been published previously.  This information comes from various source and includes the publications a listed below.

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

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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 Approaches Consultation 2020

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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 viewedhere.

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 hereto 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.

Affordable and Local Needs Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

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Maidstone Borough Council has recently adopted its local plan (October 2017). As part of this process we have created an Affordable and Local Needs Housing Supplementary Planning Document (the SPD) which is now open for public consultation. The document provides further advice on how relevant housing policies in the adopted local plan are to be implemented.

We asked for your views on the matters covered within the document. The consultation opened on the 7th October 2019 and closed at 5pm on 18th November 2019.


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