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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.

Local Plan Timetable

At the meeting of the Council on 15th November 2023 Members agreed to continue to postpone the next formal consultation stage of the Local Plan Review.  This makes the latest LDS out of date. The LDS is intended to be revised after the next NPPF has been published and the Governments intention towards Local Plan making has been made clear.  Until then background work on the Local Plan Review continues. Updates to the timetable and new LDS will be posted here in due course.

Housing Land Supply Position Statement

You can now read about our Housing Land Supply Monitoring.

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.

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