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Local Plan - Future Medway

Local Plan 2012 - 2035

The council is working on a new Local Plan, which will 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.  Subject to outcomes of an independent examination by a planning inspector, it is anticipated that Medway's Local Plan will be adopted in 2019.

Watch our video about the consultation and how you can get involved:


Formal stages

There are five key milestones to pass to successfully adopt a new Local Plan for Medway – 1) issues and options 2) development options 3) publication 4) submission and 5) adoption.  The timetable for these can be found in the local development scheme.

Development options

Medway is currently at the second formal stage in the preparation of a new Local Plan for Medway - 'development options' - which builds on the work carried out in the first stage (issues and options).  The development options consultation document was presented to Medway Council's Cabinet on 20 December 2016. It 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 Sustainability Appraisal to accompany this can be found below:

Interim Sustainability Appraisal (pdf, 1,522KB) Appendix 1 Development Objectives of the Local Plan assessed against the Sustainability Appraisal Objectives (pdf, 254KB), Appendix 2 Sustainability Appraisal tables for Development Options and Policy Approaches (pdf, 2,231KB)

Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (pdf, 3,063KB)

Have your say

To have your say, please read the development options and respond to the consultation by completing the online questionnaire.

Alternatively, you can respond:

  • by email to futuremedway@medway.gov.uk
  • by post to Planning Policy team, the Planning Service, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TR

The consultation opened on Monday 16 January 2017 and has been extended to 5pm on Tuesday 18 April 2017.

Speak to a planning officer

The council has organised events and exhibitions so if you would like to speak with a planning officer about the consultation and options, please call in to one of the exhibitions below.

Wednesday 25 January 2017, 6 to 8.30pm at Medway Council offices, Room 9, Gun Wharf, Chatham, ME4 4TR

Saturday 28 January 2017, 10am to 12noon at Jubilee Hall, Pottery Road, Hoo, ME3 9BS

Monday 30 January 2017, 2.30 to 4.30pm at Parkwood Community Centre, Parkwood Green, Parkwood, ME8 9PN.

Saturday 4 February 2017, 10am to 12noon at St Margaret's Millennium Centre, Gatekeeper Chase, Rainham, ME8 9BH

Tuesday 7 February 2017, 6.30 to 8.30pm at Guildhall, High Street, Rochester, ME1 1PY

*officers will be available to speak to anyone who cannot access the first floor at the Guildhall

Friday 10 February 2017, 10am to 12noon at Stoke Community Centre, Allhallows Road, Lower Stoke, Rochester, ME3 9SL.

Saturday 11 February 2017, 10am to 12noon at Riverside Country Park, Lower Rainham Road, Gillingham, ME7 2XH.

Tuesday 14 February 2017, 6.30 - 8.30pm Sunlight Centre, 105 Richmond Road, Gillingham, ME7 1LX

Wednesday 15 February 2017, 6.30 to 8.30pm at Lordswood Leisure Centre, North Dane Way, Chatham, ME5 8YE

Saturday 18 February 2017, 10am to 12noon at Cliffe Memorial Hall, Church Street, Cliffe, ME3 7PU.

Monday 20 February 2017, 2 to 4pm at Cuxton Social Club, 104 Bush Road, Cuxton, ME2 1EZ

Tuesday 21 February 2017, 5.30 to 7.30pm at Innovation Centre, Maidstone Road, Chatham, ME5 9FD.

Thursday 23 February 2017, 6.30 to 8.30pm at Former Library, Bryant Road, Strood, ME2 3EP.

Saturday 25 February 2017, 10am to 12noon at Chattenden Community Centre, Swinton Avenue, Chattenden, ME3 8PH.

Monday 27 February 2017, 6.30 to 8.30pm at Halling Community Centre, High Street, Halling, ME2 1BS

Wednesday 1 March 2017, 6.30 to 8.30pm at St Mary's Island Community Centre, Island Way West, St Mary's Island, Chatham, ME4 3EP.

Previous stages of the local plan

First stage - Issues and options

Evidence Base

To inform the development of the Local Plan, a range of evidence has been compiled from a variety of information sources.  Please visit the Evidence Base page for more information.