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Latest Planning news

Keep up to date with the latest planning news in Swale. This page includes information about recent changes to legislation, our web pages and the latest services provided by Planning Services.

There are more planning news stories on the government's Planning Portal.

Planning Service changes

Please read our updated letter on the delivery of the planning service following the move to the Mid Kent Planning Support Service.

Delays to registering planning applications and handling requests - letter to our customers (PDF 186KB).

Our planning administration and technical support teams have joined with Maidstone Council and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.

The team can be contacted by email or by phone on 01622 602736. Completed planning application forms should be returned to:

Mid Kent Planning Support (MKPS)
Maidstone Borough Council
Maidstone House
King Street
Maidstone, ME15 6JQ

 As a result of these changes:

These changes should not have any impact on the quality of the service you receive. If you should experience any inconvenience please bring these to our attention and accept our apologies.

Seasalter CPO - Whitstable Bay Estate

Canterbury City Council, Natural England, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) along with us are working together to create a new nature reserve on Seasalter Levels.

The final stage of the strategy to acquire the land is the confirmation and implementation of a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO). Canterbury City Council is undertaking the CPO with the RSPB funding it. All of the CPO documents and further information on the project are now available.

Planning Service workload

The target for response times for pre application enquiries will be extended from 10 working days to 25 working days and that the practice of providing a full letter following a pre application meeting will be replaced with a brief and succinct note of all the valid points made at the meeting.

It should also be noted that for a temporary period you may also experience minor delays in Development Management staff responding to enquires and planning application enquiries.

We apologise for any inconvenience that these delays may cause you and assure you that they are temporary and that additional resources are being sought to enable the Development Management service to restore the level of service that you the customer have come to expect from Planning Services at Swale.

Planning Application Fees and Appeals Procedures

View our page on types of applications and fees to find out more information including types of application, fees and to apply online. View the amendments to some regulations on planning application fees and appeal procedures.

For further help and advice see our scale of fees page contact us by email.

Pre Application Planning Advice

We ensure that future planning applications are well prepared and have the appropriate information and plans, the council is improving its pre- application service. This service will enable us to become more actively involved in planning applications at an early stage. This will help improve the quality of design, encourage greater public consultation and enable the council to process pre application enquiries and subsequent planning applications more quickly (for details see the Pre-Application Advice page).

Land at Iwade Road, Newington - Planning matters

We are aware of a breach of planning control at this site, amounting to the laying of crushed concrete, and are acutely aware of the sensitivities of local residents to potential development here.

Whilst we cannot prejudice our consideration of a future application covering the development carried out, and any other development which might be proposed, we anticipate that the following information may prove useful to local residents and interested parties.

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