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Have your say on the future of Medway
21 December 2016
Over the next 20 years Medway must evolve to manage a growing
population and create a sustainable environment for future
With a focus on employment opportunities, housing need, economic
growth and environmental impacts, the council is obliged by central
government to create a Local Plan to set out how the area will
develop up until 2035.
Local people will play a major role in identifying opportunities
for change and further realising the potential that Medway has to
be a great place to live, work, visit and learn.
A public consultation will begin on Monday, 16
January, and this will give residents a chance to look at
proposed options for growth, feedback and suggest their own
The main task for Medway’s new Local Plan will be to identify
the potential for Medway to deliver sufficient land for up to
30,000 new homes (prescribed by central government following growth
analysis), together with employment and retail land, infrastructure
investments and community services and facilities. The council
needs to achieve all of this while also protecting and enhancing
the natural, built and historic environment.
Through the consultation process local people can influence how
Medway will transform over the next two decades, contributing
towards the council’s vision of Medway becoming a leading
waterfront university city of 330,000 people, noted for its
revitalised urban centres, and its stunning natural and historic
assets, and countryside.
The creation of a Local Plan is one of the most significant and
important tasks councils face, and in Medway it is seen as an
enormous opportunity to achieve great things for residents and
their families in years to come.
Before a final decision is made about Medway’s future, there are
many stages of consultation and assessment to go through. At this
stage, it is thought Medway’s Local Plan will be implemented in
2019, subject to outcomes of an independent examination by a
Have your views heard
Medway Council’s Leader Cllr Alan Jarrett said: “This is a
really important opportunity for Medway residents to have their
views heard about the various proposals. We understand this is a
sensitive topic for some local people, so it’s key that everyone
gets involved at this early stage, attends up coming events to find
out more and understand the scale of what the council is obliged to
“Regeneration is at the core of Medway’s growth plans and its
vision for how the area should look and function by 2035. We’re
committed to providing renewed urban areas with high quality
services and developments along the waterfront and in town centres
that bring jobs, homes and services to Medway’s communities.”
Planning for a growing Medway
Cllr Jane Chitty, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Economic Growth
and Regulation, said: “The new local plan is set to reflect the
hopes and aspirations of local people. We want residents to be
proud of where they live, and the Local Plan is key to that,
planning for a sustainable, exciting and prosperous future.
“This is all about planning for new and enhanced services and
facilities, new schools and roads, opportunities for businesses
creating more jobs for the area, and developing sites for
affordable homes for our growing population.
“While the Local Plan is something we have a duty to deliver,
it’s very much an exciting opportunity for us to work with local
people to create the best possible version of Medway. With
everyone’s input Medway can become an even more valued place to
live, work, visit and learn.”
Take part in the consultation
The consultation will run from Monday, 16 January and has been
extended to Tuesday, 30 May 2017 for comments on the Habitats
Regulations Assessment screening report.
The council will also accept comments by this date that address
the HRA report in conjunction with views on the Development Options
report and other supporting documents.
View the consultation documents.