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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(2006-2028) was withdrawn under the provisions of Section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
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
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
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
For all queries regarding the Examination, please email the LDF
Programme Officer, Adam Waters, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
As part of additional work requested by the Planning Inspector,
the Council updated its Sustainability Appraisal (SA) of the draft
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
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
Master Documents List (updated 15
November 2013) (pdf 1,802KB)
A) General documents:
B) Correspondence & related documents:
i) Lodge Hill SSSI matter
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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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