The Development Plan comprises one or more documents prepared in accordance with statutory requirements and is defined by the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. Planning law requires that applications for planning permission must be determined in accordance with the development plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.
The Development Plan in Swale currently comprises or will comprise:
Supplementary Planning Documents add further detail to the policies of the Development Plan. They can be used to provide further guidance for development on specific sites, or on particular issues, such as design. When adopted, supplementary planning documents are capable of being a material consideration in planning decisions but are not part of the development plan.
The Local Development Scheme sets out the Council’s timetable for the preparation of its various planning policy documents, including the Development Plan and Supplementary Planning Documents. Our last Local Development Scheme is currently undergoing review and will be published shortly.
The SCI is a statement about our policy on the involvement of people who have an interest in matters relating to development in their area. We adopted a Statement of Community Involvement in 2008