Revised Maidstone Local Plan to be published on 31st March.

Maidstone Borough Council are to publish their Revised Local Plan on 31st March 2017 with comments required by 19th May. The principal sites identified for development within the the Parish of Hollingbourne are housing sites opposite Godfrey House (under construction), between Godfrey House and Claygate (planning application for 10 houses submitted and opposed by Hollingbourne Parish Council), in Windmill Lane (planning application for 12 houses withdrawn), land at the rear and to the side of Cotuam’s Hall where an application for a retirement village is expected, and land adjoining Grove Mill Cottage which can only be accessed by a footpath (no application has been received or expected). Additionally there is the possibility of a major warehousing development on Woodcut Farm at Junction 8 of the M20. Please Read More for the Notice issued today by Maidstone Borough Council.

Proposed Main Modifications to the Maidstone Borough Local Plan will be published on 31st March 2017 for public consultation. The consultation will run for 7 weeks. Representations must be received in writing by 5pm on Friday 19th May 2017.  Representations received late will not be accepted.

 

Background

The Maidstone Borough Local Plan was submitted for independent Examination in May 2016.  An independent planning inspector, Mr Robert Mellor, was appointed by the Secretary of State to conduct the Examination with the purpose of deciding whether the Plan was ‘sound’, or whether it could reasonably be amended to be made so.

The Inspector held Examination hearings in Maidstone Town Hall between October 2016 and January 2017 at which the content of the Plan was debated.

During the course of the Examination, a number of proposed Main Modifications to the Plan were gradually compiled.  These are the changes to the Plan which, at this stage, the Inspector thinks will be needed for him to be able to conclude that the Plan is ‘sound’. The Inspector now requires these proposed Main Modifications to be published for public consultation so he can take account of views on them before he reaches his final conclusions on the Plan and the changes needed to it.

 

Consultation Documents

The consultation documents can be viewed and downloaded from the Council’s website at www.maidstone.gov.uk/localplan and by clicking on the ‘Examination’ or the ‘Local Plan Progress’ links.   The public notice attached also sets out the locations in the borough where paper copies of the consultation material can be viewed and how representations can be made.

Scope of the consultation

This consultation is about the proposed Main Modifications specifically; it does not cover the other parts of the Plan which are not proposed to be changed.  Your comments should specify whether the proposed Main Modifications will make the Plan sound and, if not, how you think they need to be altered to make it sound.

The proposed Main Modifications have also been subject to a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and this SA is also published for public consultation at the same time.  During the Examination, two amended SA reports were prepared to address oversights in the original SA report. The Inspector has also asked for the consultation to also include these two amended reports.

The Council will send the representations on the proposed Main Modifications and the SA which are received by the deadline to the Inspector for his consideration.  He will take these comments into account as he reaches his final conclusions on the Local Plan.

 

Minor Changes

In addition to the proposed Main Modifications, other changes to the Plan are needed which are factual updates, corrections and clarifications or which arise as a consequence of a proposed Main Modification.  These are called Minor Changes and they are distinct from the proposed Main Modifications because they are not needed to make the Plan ‘sound’. The Inspector will not consider the Minor Changes or the consultation comments on them because he is only concerned with matters that affect the Plan’s soundness.

These Minor Changes are set out in a separate schedule which is being published for public consultation at the same time as the proposed Main Modifications. The Minor Changes include changes to the text of the Plan and also the changes to the policies map.  The comments made on the Minor Changes will be considered by the Council only; they will not be sent to or considered by the Inspector.

 

Representations on the proposed Main Modifications, the Sustainability Appraisal and the Minor Changes must be received in writing by 5pm on Friday 19th May 2017.  Representations received late will not be accepted. 


 

PUBLIC NOTICE

 

MAIDSTONE BOROUGH LOCAL PLAN PROPOSED MAIN MODIFICATIONS

SUSTAINABILITY APPRAISAL OF PROPOSED MAIN MODIFICATIONS

SUSTAINABILITY APPRAISAL REPORT ADDENDA

 

Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended)

The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012

 

 

Maidstone Borough Council is inviting members of the public to view and comment on the following documents:

 

  • Schedule of Proposed Main Modifications to the Maidstone Borough Local Plan
  • Sustainability Appraisal of Proposed Main Modifications
  • Sustainability Appraisal of Proposed Main Modifications Non-Technical Summary
  • Sustainability Appraisal Report Addenda (July 2016 and August 2016)

 

The Planning Inspector, as part of the Examination process, considers it necessary for these documents to be subject to public consultation in order for the Local Plan to be sound or legally compliant.  The consultation runs from 31 March to 5.00pm on 19 May 2017.  Representations will only be accepted if they relate to proposed Main Modifications or the associated Sustainability Appraisals: the Council is not seeking views on other parts of the Local Plan at this stage.  These Modifications are put forward without prejudice to the Inspector’s final conclusions on the plan and, following the close of this consultation, the representations will be passed to the Inspector for consideration before publication of his final report.

 

The Council is also seeking views on the schedule of minor changes to the Local Plan which are not subject to the tests of soundness or legal compliance, and are largely confined to typographical or grammatical amendments, factual updates, additional clarification or editorial changes that improve the Plan as a whole. Comments made on the minor changes will not be considered by the Inspector.

 

The documents can be viewed and downloaded from the Council’s website at www.maidstone.gov.uk/localplan and paper copies of the documents can be inspected at the following locations:

 

Location

 

Address Opening times
Maidstone Link King Street, Maidstone ME15 6JQ Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 09.00 to 16.30; Wednesday 10.00 to 16.30
Allington Library Castle Road, Maidstone ME16 0PR Tuesday to Friday 09.00 to 18.00; Saturday 10.00 to 14.00
Bearsted Library The Green, Bearsted ME14 4DN Tuesday & Friday 09.30 to 13.00 & 14.00 to 17.00; Thursday 14.00 to 18.00; Saturday 09.30 to 12.30
Coxheath Library Heath Road, Coxheath ME17 4EH Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 09.00 to 18.00; Saturday 10.00 to 14.00
Headcorn Library Kings Road, Headcorn TN27 9QT Tuesday & Thursday 13.15 to 18.00; Friday 09.00 to 13.30; Saturday 10.00 to 14.00
Kent History and Library Centre James Whatman Way, Maidstone ME14 1LQ Monday to Friday 09.00 to 18.00 (20.00 Thursday); Saturday 09.00 to 17.00
Lenham Library 11 The Square, Lenham ME17 2PQ Monday & Thursday 13.15 to 18.00; Tuesday 09.00 to 13.30pm; Saturday 10.00 to 14.00
Madginford Library Egremont Road, Bearsted ME15 8LH Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 09.00 to 18.00; Saturday 10.00 to 14.00
Marden Library High Street, Marden TN12 9DP Tuesday & Thursday 13.15 to 18.00; Friday 09.00 to 13.30; Saturday 10.00 to 14.00
Shepway Library 17 Northumberland Court, Northumberland Road, Maidstone ME15 7LW Monday 13.00 to 18.00; Tuesday & Thursday 09.00 to 13.00 & 14.00 to 17.00; Saturday 10.00 to 14.00
Staplehurst Library The Parade, High Street, Staplehurst TN12 0LA Tuesday to Friday 09.00 to 18.00; Saturday 09.00 to 15.00
Yalding Library Adin Coates House, High Street, Yalding ME18 6HU Monday & Thursday 14.00 to 17.00; Wednesday 09.30 to 12.00 noon; Saturday 09.00 to 14.00

 

Written representations on the Main Modifications should be made using the Representations Form which, together with a list of frequently asked questions, is available on the consultation portal, on the website, or on request from the Council offices.  Representations can be submitted:

 

(1) Online using the Council’s web based consultation portal at: http://maidstone-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal

(2) By email using the Council’s representations form to: ldf@maidstone.gov.uk

(3) By post using the Council’s representations form to: Spatial Policy, Maidstone Borough Council, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone, Kent ME15 6JQ.

 

Representations must be made in writing (including electronically) to the addresses specified in (1), (2) or (3) above by 5.00pm on Friday 19 May 2017.  Late representations cannot be considered.

 

Rob Jarman

Head of Planning and Development

31 March 2017