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Planning Policy

What we do

The Planning Policy team plans for the future by looking at the allocation of land for development and environment protection. The team also creates policies which are used to help determine planning applications.

Our current programme is set out in a Local Development Scheme.

We also have a statement that sets out our approach to consultations on our various policy documents.

Bearing Fruits 2031: The Swale Borough Local Plan Further Proposed Main Modifications February 2017 - Land East of Station Road, Teynham

This consultation is now closed and the representations have been sent to the Inspector. View these representations here.

The 2014 draft Local Plan identified land to the east of Station Road, Teynham as a future housing allocation. The Local Plan is currently being examined by an Independent Inspector.

However, during the second stage of the examination this January, the developer informed the Inspector that the proposed site access needed to be amended. The Inspector then directed the Council to undertake a further public consultation on these new access arrangements. 

This consultation is for comments on the new access road arrangements only and not on the principle of the development itself. All comments will be sent to the Inspector who has been dealing with the Swale Borough Local Plan Examination.

How do I take part in this consultation?

The Local Plan proposed further main modifications document is available to view on the Council’s consultation portal.

Written representations on the Local Plan further proposed main modifications document should be made via a representations form which is available:

A PDF version of the form is available. Alternatively, a 'Word' version of the form is available on request by email.
Paper and Word versions of the form can be completed by hand and returned:

The Local Plan proposed further main modifications document is also available at the following Swale Borough Council Offices and libraries during these locations’ normal opening times:

The consultation will run from Monday 20 February 2017 to Monday 3 April 2017 at 5pm. 

If you require any further information or advice please contact the Planning Policy Team on 01795 417192 or by email.

Bearing Fruits 2031: The Swale Borough Local Plan Proposed Main Modifications (June 2016)

Following the Examination in Public (November-December 2015), the Inspector produced her Interim Findings in early 2016 indicating Main Modifications the Council would need to make to the Local Plan .

These were published for consultation from 24 June 2016 – 8 August 2016.

The consultation period has now closed. Details of the outcome and the way forward are now available, as the Examination in Public resumes in January 2017.

Bearing Fruits 2031: Swale Borough Local Plan - publication version (April 2015)

Our Local Plan was submitted for examination on 20 April 2015.

Annual Monitoring Report

Our 2014-15 Annual Monitoring Report tells you how we are doing in preparing our documents and how effective our planning policies are. Previous documents are available on request.

Data on our housing and commercial land supply is available in information audits prepared together with Kent County Council.

Local Plan for Swale

Read the adopted 2008 plan and details of our consultation on the emerging development plan for Swale.

Local Plan submission and examination

Find out more about our Local Plan submission and examination.

Examination document library

Our Local Plan documents are based on an extensive evidence base, much of which is available to view.

Local Plan - statements to Examination in Public 2017

View the council's and representors’ statements to the Examination in Public.

Sustainability Appraisal

The Council has published a series of sustainability appraisals to support the preparation of its planning policy documents.

Current consultations

Details of our current consultations.

Neighbourhood Planning

Read more about Neighbourhood Plans in our area.
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