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Medway Council has a statutory duty to prepare
plans that cover the Medway area to control and regulate
most forms of built development.
The power to control development comes from
primary legislation (in the form of the various Town and Country
Planning Acts) and is given to the council by central government.
The council grants planning permission to allow developments to
occur. To ensure that decisions about the granting of planning
permission are seen to be fair, open and reasonable, the council is
required to prepare publicly available plan(s) containing policies
and proposals to guide the shape and nature of development in its
The Local Plan for Medway currently comprises
Development Plan policies from a number of
plans, including the Medway Local Plan 2003. National policy guidance
is provided by the
National Planning Policy Framework. These provide the
policy basis for the consideration of planning applications.
- a new Local Plan for Medway
The council is working on a new Local
Plan to replace the 2003 Medway Local Plan. This will be a
single document, containing strategic level and development
management policies, land allocations, minerals and waste, and a
policies map. The plan will cover the period up to 2035, providing
for the number of homes and jobs, and supporting infrastructure,
such as transport, health facilities, schools, parks that the area
and its growing population needs over this time, balanced with the
protection of the environment, heritage and community
facilities. Subject to outcomes of an independent examination
by a planning inspector, it is anticipated that Medway’s Local Plan
will be adopted in 2019.
There is a range of evidence that has been
gathered to support the preparation of the Local Plan - please see
base page for more information.
Details of the timetable and process for
preparing the new plan are set out in the Local Development
Development Options Consultation
The Development Options consultation document was presented to
Medway Council's Cabinet on 20 December 2016. This is
the second formal stage in the preparation of a new Local Plan for
Medway and builds on the work carried out in the first stage
- Issues and Options. The document provides a draft
vision for Medway in 2035, setting out emerging approaches to
policies to address the key issues facing Medway's communities,
economy and environment. To consider options for how development
land could be allocated across Medway, it also sets out a range of
scenarios that could provide the basis for Medway's development up
to 2035. The consultation opened on Monday 16
January 2017 and has been extended to 5pm on
Tuesday 18 April 2017. Please see
Medway page for more information.
Every year the Council produces a Monitoring
Report which records the progress of the Local Development Scheme
and the extent to which the policies set out in the Local Plan are
being achieved. All published documents relating to this can
be found on our Authority Monitoring Report page. The
information published covers each year from 1 April through to 31
March the following year.
Research and Intelligence
The Planning Policy team also provides
information and analysis on local demographics and development
issues to support planning policy and decisions, which can be found
on the facts and
Alongside the Medway Local Plan, Neighbourhood
Plans for parishes and other local areas in Medway, can form part
of the development plan for the local authority. There are
currently no adopted Neighbourhood Plans in Medway, but work is
underway in preparing a Neighbourhood Plan for Cliffe and Cliffe
Woods. Further details on progress can be found on the
Neighbourhood Planning page.
Development Briefs, area based policies and other guidance
The council provides several supplementary
planning documents to give advice on specific planning subjects
and areas, to be used in conjunction with existing national and
local planning guidance.
Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)
The council has prepared a Statement of
Community Involvement which sets out the methods by
which the community and other stakeholders will be engaged in the
preparation and review of Local Plan documents.