We asked for your views on our draft Core Strategy called Bearing Fruits. The consultation period ran from 26 March to 18 May 2012, and is, therefore, now closed.
You can view the document and the comments received on our consultation website.
We held a number of exhibitions across the Borough, to help explain the draft Core Strategy. The exhibitions consisted of a display outlining the main themes of Bearing Fruits.
You may find it useful to look at presentation notes from a recent talk about the draft Core Strategy, given to our Parish Councils. For ease of downloading, the information has been split into Part 1 and Part 2.
Other statutory documents which support the Core Strategy and assess its impact were also available for comment. These are:
All our documents can be viewed at the Council offices in Sittingbourne (Swale House), Faversham (Alexander Centre), at Sheerness Gateway and at all public libraries in Swale.
A short summary
Please Note: The plan should be read as a whole (available below or on our consultation website), but here is a quick overview of the plan itself and supporting documents to get you started:
Bearing Fruits is Swale Borough Council's draft Core Strategy. It sets out our development plans and planning policies for the next 20 years and we are seeking your views on it. Why have we called it Bearing Fruits? We have listened to your views on our previous consultation document Pick Your Own, and as a Borough whose motto is Known by their fruits we have developed a draft Core Strategy whose preferred approach now looks to delivering those fruits “ new jobs, homes, shops “ whilst safeguarding our outstanding environment for the future. The Core Strategy is one of the key documents that makes up the Local Development Framework - the new development plan for the Borough. It will set out the Strategic Planning Framework for the Borough to guide development and investment over the plan period up to 2031.
Our vision is that by 2031 Swale is to be known by the fruits of its endeavours. Its strengths have been mobilised and Sittingbourne is the town that residents want to use, coastal rejuvenation leads the way for success on the Isle of Sheppey, Faversham and the rural areas are thriving and successful. Achieving this will be challenging. However, we are looking beyond current economic difficulties and are planning for jobs. We have created an employment led plan, supported by other developments, and we are trying to build in the most sustainable locations that we can find. We are focusing as much as we can on brownfield land, but where it is more appropriate to use greenfield land, we have focused on the main urban areas and to a lesser extent at some larger villages. We have done this because these places have the facilities and services that can support or be supported by new growth. This affords the opportunity for people to re-balance their lives, retain more spending within the local economy and reduce the number and length of journeys for daily needs. Ultimately the spatial strategy will aim for better efficiency and self-containment.
If you would like to read and view the comments received on the draft Core Strategy, it is best to do so using our consultation website.
However, the document is made available here - it has been split into sections for ease of downloading: