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 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.
The Local Plan Part 2 will allocate sites for Gypsy and Traveller pitches in the Borough up until 2031. A consultation on the content of the Local Plan Part 2 and the ‘Call for Sites’ took place from October - November 2013.
The next stage will be publication of an Issues and Options document for consultation, prior to allocating sites. This consultation will run from 24 February to 25 April 2014.
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 can be viewed on our consultation portal.
It is expected that a summary of the consultation responses will be reported to the Council's Local Development Framework Panel on the 5 December 2013, when the main issues raised and any significant changes to the Local Plan will be considered. There is likely to be a second meeting of the Panel after further evidence to support the Local Plan has been completed. Subject to the decisions of both meetings, it is hoped that we will approve the Local Plan for submission to the Secretary of State. There will be another consultation before the Plan is submitted for Examination, which is run by an independent Government Inspector and who assesses the robustness of the Plan. A timetable will be published as soon as we have some firm dates.
The comments received for previous consultations for both Bearing Fruits (2012) and Pick your own (2011) can be can also be viewed on our consultation portal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All through the Local Plan reference is made to Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) and Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD). These documents are available to view.