Kent Local Plan Update
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Across Kent, local authorities are making varying progress. Following submission of their plans for Independent Examination, Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council (TMBC) and Sevenoaks District Council have both hit difficulties. Within Sevenoaks, the Council has been advised to withdraw the plan on the basis of a failure of the duty to cooperate and wider soundness reasons. TMBC has also been criticised about submitting the plan prior to the completion of all supporting documentation.
Meanwhile, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has published a draft Local Plan for consultation confirming a proposed strategy for the release of Green Belt to the east and west of Paddock Wood to deliver a new garden community at Tudeley. The Council is also looking to adopt a proportionate growth approach, with development distributed between the wider villages based on the level of services, facilities and infrastructure.
Progress in Medway is likely to now gather pace following receipt of funding from the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) to transform the Hoo Peninsula and waterfront regeneration sites across the unitary authority with a Regulation 19 draft of the plan expected later this year.
Maidstone Borough Council is expected to follow up its ‘Scoping, Themes and Issues Consultation’ with a draft plan consultation post May 2020.
Dartford has recently concluded a preferred options consultation, whilst Canterbury has commenced a ‘call for sites’.
In summary, the Local Plan making process continues to throw up new challenges and this is unlikely to slow down in 2020.