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Emerging Local Plan for Swale

The Next Local Plan

• The Government requires all Councils to revisit their Local Plans every five years. We are therefore beginning work on the early stages of the Council’s next Local Plan, which we are aiming to complete by 2022. It will cover the period from 2022-2038

• We will be publishing a Local Development Scheme shortly which will set out the timetable for preparing the next Local Plan.

• Our adopted Statement of Community Involvement sets out how we are going to consult and engage you. There will be various opportunities for you to get involved and over time we will be expanding our website to include these further activities and any evidence that we will have completed.

• As part of the Sustainability Appraisal (SA) for the Emerging Local Plan Swale Borough Council commissioned AECOM to prepare a Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report. This report sets out the scope of the Sustainability Appraisal; ie the sustainability issues and objectives that should be the focus of, and provide a methodological framework for the appraisal of the emerging Local Plan. Scoping is the first of the five-stage SA process. The next stage will be the appraisal of reasonable alternatives, which will help inform the preparation and assessment of the draft local plan as it develops. The five stages of the SA process are set out in Chapter 14 (Next Steps) of the SA Scoping Report.

Looking Ahead – our first consultation document

• We have published the consultation and engagement document ‘Looking ahead’ to give you an early opportunity to shape the scope and content of the next Local Plan. You can view further details on our Current Consultations Page

The Swale New Garden Communities Prospectus

• Swale is facing considerable challenges as to how it can plan for the significant levels of new homes that it will be expected to provide in future.

• We asked landowners and developers to submit proposals for new communities so that we could see if this option should be considered by the next local plan.

• We published a Prospectus which explains what a ‘garden’ community is and what we expected to see included within any submission.

• The following submissions have now been received:

•  The Council has now completed its first phase of assessment of the proposals. The assessments are as follows:

• Further phases of assessment work will be completed in due course.

• In order to support its activities, the Council has made a bid to join the Government’s Garden Communities programme.

Local Landscape Designation Review

In 2017/2018 a review of the Local Landscape Designation was undertaken by consultants, LUC, to inform the Swale Local Plan Review.

The Swale Local Landscape Designation Review and Recommendations can be found here.

This review was reported to Swale’s Local Plan Panel Agenda and Minutes where its recommendations were agreed. Following this Statements of Significance for each of the recommended Local Landscape Areas were drawn up and can be found below:

If you have any questions about any of the information above, please contact or call 01795 417344.
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