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Local Plan Review

Introduction to the local plan review

The Government requires all Councils to revisit their Local Plans every five years and we are in the process of reviewing the current Swale Local Plan (Bearing Fruits), which was adopted in July 2017. The Local Plan Review will set out the planning framework for the borough for the period to 2038 and will cover issues such as; housing provision, the economy, retail and town centres; infrastructure provision and the environment. It will also set out policies by which planning applications will be determined, in addition to allocation land for housing, employment and other uses.

Public consultation

Issues and Preferred Options Consultation now Closed.

To help us prepare a draft plan we invited your views on development strategy options and possible policy approaches. The Issues and Preferred Options consultation closed at 5pm on the 29 November 2021.

To view the consultation documents, please visit our consultation page.

Local Plan Timetable

Our current timetable for preparing the Local Plan covering 2020-2023 is set out in a Local Development Scheme.

Five Year Housing Land Supply Statement

We have now published our Housing Land Supply Position Statement for 2021/22 (PDF 933kb). The Council can demonstrate a housing land supply of 4.83 years.

Statement of Community Involvement

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.

In February 2021 we published an addendum to the Statement of Community Involvement to reflect the Covid 19 Pandemic situation. More information can be found on the Statement of Community Involvement page.


For other documents relating to the Local Plan, including  Local Planning Guidance and Supplementary Planning Documents, please see the Publication Page.