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Planning Services ensures that new development takes place at the right time, in the right location and in the public interest.

Seasalter CPO - Whitstable Bay Estate

Swale Borough Council, Canterbury City Council, Natural England and the RSPB 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. This will happen on the 2 April 2014. Further information on the project and details of the CPO are now available.

Consultation on our Issues and Options: Gypsy and Traveller Allocations document

The consultation period for this document will run from 24 February - 25 April 2014. View our Gypsy and Traveller site consultation page to view the document and make comments.

Changes to the Planning Service

Please note, due to a high workload within Planning Services, temporary changes are now in place...

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.

Long term changes

We will be undergoing significant changes from June 2014. View our Latest Planning News page for more information.

Kent Downs draft AONB Management Plan

The draft Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Management Plan has been launched for consultation (July 2013). Consultation has now closed.

Planning Maps

We have added a new section to our web pages, Planning Maps showing:

Planning Application Fees

Please note that all planning application fees increased in October 2013. Please see our scale of fees

If you have any questions please contact our duty officer on 01795 417442 or by email.

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