Maidstone Local Plan Examination announced.

Maidstone Local Plan Examination announced.

Maidstone Borough Council has advised Hollingbourne Parish Council that the Local Plan which includes development at Junction 8 of the M20 and 25 more houses for Hollingbourne plus the 14 currently under construction in Godfrey Meadow is to be subject to an independent examination. Please Read More for further information.

Maidstone Borough Council submitted the Maidstone Borough Local Plan (February 2016) to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 20th May 2016.  The Plan will now be subject to an independent examination.  The inspector who has been appointed to conduct the examination is Mr Robert Mellor BSC DIPTRP DIPDBE DMS MRICS MRTPI.

Details of the examination can be found on the dedicated section of the Council’s website via the following link:

http://www.maidstone.gov.uk/residents/planning/local-plan/examination

These details will be kept up to date as the examination progresses. The documents submitted to the Secretary of State can be accessed via the same link. These documents are;

·         Maidstone Borough Local Plan 2011-31

·         Schedule of proposed changes to the Local Plan agreed by the Council’s Planning, Transport and Sustainability Committee on 18th April 2016

·         Sustainability Appraisal

·         Habitats Regulations Assessment

·         Infrastructure Delivery Plan (2016)

·         Statement of Community Involvement (2013)

·         Local Development Scheme (2015)

·         Statement of Consultation

·         Duty to Cooperate Compliance Statement

·         Spatial Strategy Topic Paper

·         Housing Topic Paper

·         Employment & Retail Topic Paper

·         Transport Topic Paper

·         Gypsy & Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Topic Paper

The Inspector has received copies of all the ‘duly made’ representations received during the ‘Regulation 19’ consultation into the Plan.  This consultation ran from Friday 5th February to Friday 18th March. The representations can be viewed on the Council’s consultation portal via the following link:

http://maidstone-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal/mblp_r19_feb2016

The Local Plan’s proposals are shown on the Policies Map which is available here:

http://maidstone.addresscafe.com/app/exploreit/default2016.aspx

Paper copies of the Maidstone Borough Local Plan 2011-31, the schedule of proposed changes, Statement of Consultation, Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment can be viewed at the Maidstone Gateway, King Street, Maidstone, ME15 6JQ.  The opening hours are Monday 9am – 5.30pm; Tuesday to Friday 9am – 4.30pm.

Programme Officer
Louise St John Howe has been appointed as the Programme Officer for the examination.

Louise is an independent officer who works on the Inspector’s behalf, organising and managing the administrative and procedural matters of the examination process. In due course the details of the examination hearings, and attendance at them, will be confirmed through Louise.

Any queries about the examination or any correspondence to the Inspector during the examination should be sent to:

Louise St John Howe
Programme Officer
PO Services
PO Box 10965
Sudbury
Suffolk
CO10 3BF

You can also contact her by emailing louise@poservices.co.uk or calling 0778 948 6419.  

Timetable

The timetable for the examination is yet to be confirmed.   The best expectation at this stage is that hearings will start in late September/early October 2016.