Gravesham Local Plan Regulation 18 (Stage 2) Consultation

Message from Gravesham Borough Council - Planning Consultation

Gravesham Local Plan Regulation 18 (Stage 2) Consultation Local Plan

Core Strategy Partial Review and Site Allocations Document and Development Management Policies Document

We are undertaking a Partial Review of the Gravesham Local Plan Core Strategy and proposing detailed Development Management Policies. To ensure that the issues that affect people who live, work, visit and may want to invest in the Borough, we carried out a Regulation 18 (Stage 1) consultation between April and June 2018, which sought your views on two documents:

• Site Allocations Issues and Options Document which set out broad options for meeting the Borough’s additional development needs up to 2028, and

• Draft Development Management Policies Document set out detailed policies to be used when considering planning applications

Taking account of the comments received, we have gathered additional information to inform the amount of development needed in the Borough to meet our development needs up to 2036 and where this development could take place. The draft policies in the Development Management Policies Document have also been updated and account has been taken of the changes in national policy since the 2018 consultation.

Before progressing further, we would like your views on how and where to positively plan for the Borough’s futures. We are therefore undertaking a Regulation 18 Stage 2 consultation, which will run for seven weeks from 09.00 Friday 23rd October 2020 to 17.00 Thursday 10th December 2020.

We would welcome your comments on the following documents, which are available, along with response forms, on the Council’s consultation webpage at: https://localplan.gravesham.gov.uk.

• Part 1 - Local Plan Core Strategy Partial Review and Site Allocations Document

• Part 2 - Development Management Policies Document

• Support Documents

In accordance with the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 physical copies of the documents will not be available for inspection either the Civic Centre or in local libraries.

If you wish to view the documents electronically and do not have access to a computer or the internet, you can book a library computer terminal at www.kent.gov.uk/libs

Due to the current situation, we are encouraging people not to come to the Civic Centre, in the interest of trying to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). For the same reason, it would not be prudent to hold in-person consultation events around the Borough, although these may resume should the situation improve as the Local Plan moves forward.

How to comment

We are encouraging comments to be submitted online using the response forms on the Council’s consultation webpage. If this is not possible, please download the relevant response forms and either:

• email planning.consultation@gravesham.gov.uk or

• post to Planning Policy, Gravesham Borough Council, Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend, DA12 1AU.

Please ensure that your forms reach us by 5pm on 10th December 2020. Comments received after this date will not be accepted. Please note that your comments, including your name, will be made public and provided to the Planning Inspectorate in due course. Comments received without sufficient information, will not be taken into account.

If you experience any difficulties accessing the Consultation webpage, please contact Customer Services on 01474 56 44 22.