Local Development Framework
The Development Plan
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
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
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. This document is currently (November 2014) under revision, but key dates for the emerging Local Plan (Bearing Fruits 2031: The Swale Borough Local Plan Part1: Publication Version) are as follows:
- Local Plan - final sign off for publication and submission anticipated Full Council 26 November 2014
- Advance notification letters of consultation will go out week of 10 November
- Formal letters notifying people of start of consultation will go out mid December with instructions on how to access the documents
- Publication for six weeks public comment 19 December 2014 - 30 January 2015
- Submission of plan to Planning Inspectorate Spring 2015
- Examination in Public anticipated Summer 2015
Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)
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
Many of our consultation documents can be viewed on-line, where you can also add your own comments.
All Councils must prepare a Core Strategy, which sets out a vision for the area.
A Flood Risk Assessment has been undertaken for the borough. Copies are available.
The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets out our approach for involving the community in the preparation and revision of local development documents and planning applications.
The Developer Contributions Supplementary Planning Document is now a material planning consideration in the determination of planning applications.
The Sustainability Appraisal of the Swale Borough Local Plan will ensure that the contribution of the Plan toward a range of sustainable development objectives can be assessed.