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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. Our last Local Development Scheme is currently undergoing review and will be published shortly.

Statement of Community Involvement

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

Planning Policy Consultations

Many of our consultation documents can be viewed on-line, where you can also add your own comments.

Our Core Strategy (including Evidence Base)

All Councils must prepare a Core Strategy, which sets out a vision for the area.

Flood Risk - Strategic Assessment

A Flood Risk Assessment has been undertaken for the borough. Copies are available.

Statement of Community Involvement

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.

Developer Contributions Supplementary Plan Document (SPD)

The Developer Contributions Supplementary Planning Document is now a material planning consideration in the determination of planning applications.

Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Reports

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.
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