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Adopted Local Plan for Swale

Introduction and overview

The Local Plan, or development plan, comprises one or more documents prepared in accordance with legal requirements, independently examined and adopted by the Council. It is also used by the Council to help determine planning applications. The Plan is required to be kept up-to-date.

The adopted Local Plan (Bearing Fruits 2031)

Our Local Plan was adopted on 26 July 2017.

Our Local Plan Submission and Examination in Public page, together with our Examination document library page give further details and links to all supporting documents associated with the preparation of the adopted Local Plan. A copy of the inspector report can also be viewed here.

You can also view:

The Faversham Creek Neighbourhood Plan 2016-31

Following a positive referendum result, Swale Borough Council ‘made’ the Faversham Creek Neighbourhood Plan 2016-31 as part of Swale Borough Council’s Development Plan in accordance with regulation 19 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 in June 2017.

The Neighbourhood Plan (PDF 5.28MB) can be viewed here.

Sustainability Appraisal

Sustainability appraisals and appropriate assessments

To ensure the social, environmental and economic effects of our plans and policies are assessed, we carry out Sustainability Appraisals (SA) for some of our planning policy documents.

Some documents also require a Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) to examine the impacts upon sites designated for biodiversity at the European level.

Current publications

Bearing Fruits 2031: The Swale Borough Local Plan Proposed Main Modifications June 2016

Previous publications

An interim Sustainability Appraisal (SA) of Bearing Fruits 2031 Publication draft Local Plan (December 2014)

An interim Sustainability Appraisal (SA) of Bearing Fruits 2031 draft Local Plan (August 2013).The document has been split for ease of downloading:

An interim SA Report, was published in March 2012 in respect of the draft Core Strategy Bearing Fruits

In 2010 an interim SA Report and Non-Technical Summary in respect of the Core Strategy Pick Your Own options document.

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