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Planning Policy

The Planning Policy team plans for the future by looking at the allocation of land for the next 20 - 25 years, and creates policies which are used as the foundation for deciding planning applications. These decisions all form part of the Development Plan.

View our Consultation Portal - once registered, you can view all the current planning policy documents which are out for public consultation and make comments online. If you are registered, we will let you know when new planning consultations are happening.

The Local Development Framework

The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 introduced Local Development Documents (LDDs). Together, the LDDs will make up the Local Development Framework (LDF) for the district authority area (Swale Borough Council). View the Local Development Framework page for more information. The most important document in the group is the Core Strategy.

Local Plan Part 2: Gypsy and Traveller Site Allocations

The Local Plan Part 2 will allocate sites for Gypsy and Traveller pitches in the Borough up until 2031.

Bearing Fruits 2031 the draft Local Plan August 2013 consultation

The Core Strategy is now being progressed as a Local Plan for the Borough. It sets out the vision, key objectives, land allocations and policies to guide the future development of Swale to 2031. During August and September 2013, we asked for your views on our document Bearing Fruits 2031 the draft Local Plan. Comments received on this and previous consultations can be viewed on our consultation portal.

The Adopted Local Plan (2008)

After getting the Inspector's Report in December 2007, we adopted this Plan on 20 February 2008, which covers the period to 2016. The Plan can be purchased for £45 (+ £7.50 postage). To place an order please contact the Planning team.

An online version of the Swale Borough Local Plan 2008 is available. The Local Plan was also supported by a Sustainability Appraisal.

In July 2010, we made an application to save policies from the Swale Borough Local Plan 2008, beyond 20 February 2011. A copy of the Secretary of State's Direction is available to view. Please note that policies not listed in the Direction, are not part of the Development Plan.

Monitoring the Local Plan

Under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, we have to monitor the performance of its Local Plan and Local Development Framework and to create an Annual Monitoring Report (AMR). The AMR must be sent to Government in December each year. In future years, the AMR will relate to the new style Local Development Documents.

Other Monitoring Information

Information on our housing land supply is available in a Housing Information Audit. This document gives details of the number of dwellings built in the past twelve months and the estimated future delivery of housing on sites with planning permission or local plan allocations. The 2012-13 housing report is available to view.

Also, the Commercial Information Audit gives information on our employment land supply. The 2012-13 commercial report is available to view.

Other Supplementary Planning Documents and Supplementary Planning Guidance

All through the Local Plan reference is made to Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) and Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD). These documents are available to view.

Bearing Fruits Consultation

Bearing Fruits is our draft Core Strategy and you have given us your views.

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment

The Council has now published for its Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) for the year 2011-2012.

Sustainability Appraisal

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

Neighbourhood Planning

Read more about Neighbourhood Plans in our area.

Local Development Framework

In 2004 the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act came into effect. It introduced the Local Development Framework.

The Adopted Local Plan

Find out about the adopted local plan and related documents.
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