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Adopted Local Plan Review 2021-2038


Updates

Maidstone Borough Local Plan Review Adoption

The Maidstone Borough Local Plan Review 2021-2038 was adopted on 20 March 2024. It sets out the policies and plans to guide future development to 2038. The Policies within the Plan will be used to determine planning applications in the Borough. The Local Plan Review replaces the Maidstone Borough Local Plan (2017) however, some of the adopted Local Plan 2017 policies are still relevant and have been retained.

Please note an interactive policies map will be available in due course.

The Adoption Statement and background documents are available below:

Following receipt of the Planning Inspector's Final Report, a Habitat's Regulations Assessment Addendum was prepared.

The Local Plan Review and associated documents will be available to view at local libraries during their opening hours and at Maidstone House.

For more information on the production of the Adopted Local Plan Review click here

What is the Development Plan?

These adopted plans make up our development plan for Maidstone

Maidstone Borough Local Plan Review Inspector’s Final Report

The Council received the Inspector's Final Report on 8 March 2024, following the Examination of the Maidstone Borough Local Plan Review. Receipt of the Inspector’s Report marks the end of the Examination.

The Inspector’s Final Report concludes that, subject to a number of Main Modifications set out in the Appendix to the report, the Maidstone Borough Local Plan Review 2021-2038 is sound, legally compliant and capable of adoption.

The Inspector’s Final Report, along with associated appendices, can be viewed below.

Local Plan Review Inspector’s Final Report

Local Plan Review Inspector’s Final Report – Main Modifications

Local Plan Review Inspector’s Final Report – Main Modifications Appendix 3

Local Plan Review Main Modifications Consultation

This consultation has now closed.

Representations resulting from the Local Plan Review Main Modifications Consultation 2023 were published on Wednesday 20th December 2023. All representations received have been uploaded and can be viewed below:

Schedule of Responses Received (including MM number and comment number)

Please use the comment number in this schedule to search for the original representation.  Click on Responses to the Main Modifications link above, click on 'What People Say’ on the top left of the following page, and then insert the comment number next to the magnifying glass on the top right of the next page.

Main Modifications

Sustainability Appraisal

Habitats Regulation Assessment

Examination of the Local Plan Review

The Local Plan Review was submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination on Thursday 31 March 2022. Information on the Local Plan Review examination can be found on our examination page which can be found here

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.

You can purchase a copy of the local plan online.

Statement of Community Involvement 2020

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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 Temporary Addendum which can be viewed here. As restrictions have been lifted this addendum has now been revoked.

Local Development Scheme

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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.

The Local Development Scheme 2022-2024 was approved by Full Council on 28th September 2022 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 amendments to the timing of the Local Plan review and the Gypsy and Traveller DPD. The Local Development Scheme 2023-2025 was approved by Full Council on 22nd February 2023 and took effect the same day.

The public notice can be viewed here.

Local Development Scheme 2023 – 2025: Addendum (February 2024)

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 2023 - 2025 was approved by Full Council on 22nd February 2023 and took effect the same day.

The LDS outlines the timetable for the Local Plan Review, Maidstone Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople DPD and Design and Sustainability DPD.

Local Plan Review: The LDS timetable indicates Local Plan Review adoption in January 2024. Adoption of the Local Plan Review is anticipated approximately three months later than January 2024. The Council does not consider it appropriate to formally amend the Local Development Scheme to reflect this modest delay.

Maidstone Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople DPD: With regard to the Maidstone Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople DPD the LDS is out of date. The LDS timetable indicates a Regulation 18b consultation taking place from February to March 2024. Evidence gathering ahead of a Regulation 18b consultation is currently ongoing. The Council is considering whether it is appropriate to formally amend the LDS in relation to the DPD.

Design and Sustainability DPD: With regard to the Design and Sustainability DPD the LDS is out of date. The LDS timetable indicates a Regulation 19 consultation taking place from September 2023. Work on the Regulation 19 consultation is ongoing. The Council is considering whether it is appropriate to formally amend the LDS in relation to the DPD.

Once a revised timetable is approved, an updated LDS will replace the LDS 2023 – 2025.

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

Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Level 1 update and Level 2

Strategic Flood Risk Assessment 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 sources and includes the publications as 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

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.

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.

Call for Sites

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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.

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 18b 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 close at 5pm on 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.

Local Plan Review: Draft for Submission (Regulation 19) Consultation 2021

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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 opened at 9.00am on Friday 29 October 2021 and closed at 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 was 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.

Representations resulting from the Local Plan Review Regulation 19 Draft for Submission Consultation 2021 were published on Friday 11th March 2022. All representations received have been uploaded and can be viewed here

If you would like to purchase a copy of the Local Plan Review draft for submission Regulation 19 here.

Local Plan Review: Main Modifications Consultation

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Between 29th September 2023 and 13th November 2023 we consulted on the Local Plan Review: Main Modifications, Sustainability Appraisal Addendum and Habitats Regulation Assessment Addendum.

Representations resulting from the Local Plan Review Main Modifications Consultation 2023 were published on Wednesday 20th December 2023. All representations received have been uploaded and can be viewed below:

Main Modifications

Sustainability Appraisal

Habitats Regulation Assessment


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