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Local Plan Evidence Base

The council has started work 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. 

To inform the new Local Plan policies, a range of evidence has been compiled drawing from a variety of information sources.  The sources have been grouped and linked into the following themes.  The following list is not exhaustive and will be updated when new evidence is available.

Housing

  • Strategic Land Availability Assessment
  • Strategic Housing and Economic Needs Assessment. The council commissioned a comprehensive analysis of development needs through a joint Strategic Housing and Economic Needs Assessment (SHENA) with Gravesham Borough Council. The following documents are available to view:

               Baseline Report (pdf, 6,623KB)

               Strategic Housing Market Assessment (pdf, 4,243KB)

               Integrated Growth Needs Assessment (pdf 249KB)

Employment

  • Strategic Housing and Economic Needs Assessment.  The council commissioned a comprehensive analysis of development needs through a joint Strategic Housing and Economic Needs Assessment (SHENA) with Gravesham Borough Council. The following documents are available to view:

          Baseline Report (pdf, 6,623KB)

          Employment Land Needs Assessment (pdf, 4,681KB)

          Integrated Growth Needs Assessment (pdf 249KB)

Retail and Centres

  • Strategic Housing and Economic Needs Assessment.  The council commissioned a comprehensive analysis of development needs through a joint Strategic Housing and Economic Needs Assessment (SHENA) with Gravesham Borough Council.  The report is published in three volumes, see below.  Please note that this study is published to inform Medway's Local Plan (2012-2035) evidence base for its Development Options consultation.  Gravesham Borough Council will publish the retail study to inform future stages of its Local Plan later in 2017.

          Retail and Commercial Leisure Assessment Final Report:

          Volume 1 Main Report (pdf,2,494KB)

          Volume 2 Plans and Appendices (pdf, 6,987KB)

          Volume 3 Household Telephone Survey results (pdf, 638KB)

Natural Environment and Green Belt

Built Environment

Health and Community

Infrastructure

Sustainable Transport

Minerals, Waste and Energy

 

Statistical information and analysis on issues relevant to Medway can also be found on the Facts and Figures page.

 

For information on the latest stage of the Local Plan, please visit the Future Medway page.