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Medway Core Strategy Examination Closed November 2013

The Medway Submission Draft Core Strategy (2006-2028) was withdrawn under the provisions of Section 22(1) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended). The Council issued a Notice of Withdrawal (pdf 9KB) in accordance with Regulation 27 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning)(England) Regulations 2012.

In January 2012, the Council approved a Submission Draft of the Core Strategy. This document was sent to the Planning Inspectorate for independent examination. Laura Graham, BSc, MA, MRTPI, was appointed to conduct the examination to determine if the draft Core Strategy was sound.

Initial hearing sessions were held between 12 and 20 June 2012. Subsequently, additional information was submitted and the Examination suspended until 13 January 2013 to allow further work to be undertaken. Further hearings were held on 22 and 23 May 2013 and the Examination was again suspended pending Natural England completing a notification process for a possible Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) at Chattenden Woods and Lodge Hill.

On 19 November 2013 Natural England confirmed the SSSI notification and on 25 November 2013 the Council withdrew the Core Strategy. Accordingly the Examination closed.

The Examination documents can be accessed below as an historic record.

Correspondence since the Further Hearing Session

Medway Council sent a letter to the Planning Inspectorate (pdf 12KB) withdrawing the Core Strategy

The Council received a letter from the Inspector (pdf 12KB) dated 20 November 2013

The Council received a response from the Inspector (EX119) (pdf 12KB) dated 14 November 2013

Medway Council responded to the Inspector's letter (EX118) (pdf 102KB) on 28 October 2013

The Inspector wrote to the Council (EX 117) (pdf 22KB) and suspended the Examination until 29 November 2013

The Inspector sent an Interim Response (EX116) (pdf 13KB) dated 30 August 2013

The Council wrote a reply to the Inspector (EX115) (pdf 48KB) on 29 August 2013

The Inspector's further response (EX113) (pdf 33KB) was received on 8 August 2013

The Council sent a letter to the Inspector in response (EX112) (pdf 22KB) to her letter of the 21 June 2013

The Council received the Inspector's response (EX111) (pdf 70KB) following the Further Hearing Session

Medway Council sent correspondence to the Inspector regarding the revocation of the South East Plan and conformity with the NPPF (EX114) (pdf 23KB) dated 20 June 2013.

Closing Statements to the Further Hearing

At the close of the Hearing Session, the Inspector invited Closing Statements from the parties appearing at the Session.

The following Closing Statements were submitted to the Inspector:

For all queries regarding the Examination, please email the LDF Programme Officer, Adam Waters, at ldfprogrammeofficer@medway.gov.uk or phone on 01634 333880.

Further hearing session - 22 to 23 May 2013

Further hearing sessions took place on 22 and 23 May.

The Inspector identified matters and issues arising from the further work relating to Lodge Hill and the Sustainability Appraisal. The Inspector invited written statements to be submitted by the 3 May. Copies of the written statements submitted are available below.

Download a list of those who attended the hearing (pdf 8KB).

Hearing Statements for 22 and 23 May:

The following statements were submitted:

Copies of correspondence, the notice and programme of the examination hearings, guidance notes for participants, a list of matters and issues selected by the Inspector for examination and written statements submitted in response are attached below.

Detailed information relating to the consideration of nightingale habitat at Lodge Hill can be found on the Lodge Hill information page. Please note that the documents on this page are also examination documents.

The evidence base for Lodge Hill can be found on the Lodge Hill Development Brief page.

As part of additional work requested by the Planning Inspector, the Council updated its Sustainability Appraisal (SA) of the draft Core Strategy.

Download the final SA addendum report (pdf 1,124KB).

The council consulted on the draft SA addendum report in early 2013. The final report takes account of the comments received and the most recent information in relation to the Lodge Hill site. 

Revocation of the South East Plan

The South East Plan has been formally revoked. As a result, the Core Strategy document was no longer required to conform to the South East Plan. The Inspector invited representations on this matter as far as it related to the Medway Core Strategy Examination. She subsequently wrote to the council in relation to the Revocation of the South East Plan and new household projection (EX95) (pdf 20KB). 

There was further correspondence between the Inspector and the Council in relation to the implications arising from the Revocation of the South East Plan.

The representations received in relation to the revocation of the South East Plan

Core Strategy examination documents

As there are a large number of documents that were referred to during the examination process, a master documents list was produced to assist participants. Documents submitted during the examination are referenced as "examination documents" at the end of this list. If you are still having difficulty in locating a particular document, please contact the programme officer for assistance.

Master Documents List (updated 15 November 2013) (pdf 1,802KB)

A) General documents: 

B) Correspondence & related documents:

i) Lodge Hill SSSI matter

April 2013

March 2013

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

June 2012

ii) Other matters

C) Other submitted documents:

D) Statement of common ground:

The Inspector invited the council and other participants to respond to the matters and issues she had selected for examination. Copies of the submissions received are available below.

Matter 1: Legal process and requirements

Matter 2: Spatial vision

Matter 3: Housing

Matter 4: Employment and retail

Matter 5: Lodge Hill

Matter 6: Infrastructure

Matter 7: Minerals and waste

Matter 8: Other matters

Representations not falling within inspector's main matters and issues:

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More information

  • Evidence Base
  • Local Development Scheme (LDS) (pdf, 115KB) - this is the work programme prepared by the Council for the production of document(s) that make up the Local Development Framework.  The current LDS was approved by the Council's cabinet on 2 August 2011.