Neighbourhood Plans


Neighbourhood planning has been introduced to enable more community involvement in the planning process, so that people can shape their local areas and have a greater say in planning decisions.

There are three types of neighbourhood planning documents:

  • A Neighbourhood Development Plan (shortened to neighbourhood plan) sets out planning policies for development and the use of land in a local area. Once adopted, a neighbourhood plan becomes part of the development plan for the area. This means that the plan has weight when decisions are made on planning applications.
  • A Neighbourhood Development Order allows permission to be granted for a particular development or use within a defined area without needing planning permission.
  • A Community Right to Build Order allows a local group to deliver a specific development, such as new homes or new community facilities that the local community is in favour of.

Current Consultations

Loose Neighbourhood Development Plan (Regulation 16)

Formal public consultation on the plan will commence on 2 November 2018 and close at 5pm on 14 December 2018. Representations received after the closing date will not be considered. Copies of the Loose Neighbourhood Development Plan and supporting documents are available to view and download below.

Loose Neighbourhood Plan

Loose Neighbourhood Plan - Consultation statement

Loose Neighbourhood Plan - Consultation statement Summary

Loose Neighbourhood Plan - Basic conditions statement

Loose Neighbourhood Plan - Environmental statement

Loose Neighbourhood Plan - Environmental statement appendix

Hard copies are also available for public inspection at:

  • Maidstone Link, King Street, Maidstone, ME14 1FW: Monday – Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm (10.00am Wednesday);
  • Kent History and Library Centre, James Whatman Way, Maidstone, ME14 1LQ; Monday – Wednesday 9.00am – 6.00pm; Thursday 9.00am – 8.00pm; Friday 9.00am – 6.00pm; Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm;
  • Loose Parish Pavilion, King George V Playing Field, Walnut Tree Lane, Loose, ME15 9RQ (by appointment)

Representations must be made in writing (including electronic) to one of the following addresses:

Representations will be considered alongside the Neighbourhood Development Plan by an independent Examiner. Representations may include a request to be notified of the council’s decision on whether to accept the Examiner’s recommendations.

All representations will be publicly available. All personal data will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation. Your information will only be processed for the analysis of consultation responses.

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Designated Areas

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One of the first steps in preparing a Neighbourhood Plan is to apply to designate the Neighbourhood Area, which is the geographical area that the plan will cover. This process can only be done by a parish council, or by a Neighbourhood Forum in an unparished area.

Within the borough of Maidstone, the following Neighbourhood Areas have been designated;

Designated Neighbourhood Forums

The Localism Act gave local communities the power to come together as Neighbourhood Forums and work on Neighbourhood Plans to develop and implement local priority objectives such as infrastructure improvements and community facilities.

The following Neighbourhood Forum has been designated;

North Loose Residents' Association

Process Overview

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Neighbourhood Planning is governed by the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 and is made up of a number of key stages;

  • Designation of a Neighbourhood Area
  • Designation of a  Neighbourhood Forum
  • Drafting of the plan and pre-submission consultation
  • Submission to the Local Authority for publication
  • Consultation
  • Examination
  • Referendum

There are certain processes that need to be gone through while preparing a Neighbourhood Plan to make sure that it is in line with the regulations. The Plan must also conform with strategic policies in the devlopment plan. Have a look at our flowchart which outlines the process.

Support

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The Planning Advisory Service has Neighbourhood Planning guidance and support on their website. They also have a free to access project management tool to help local authorities and communities working together to produce Neighbourhood Plans, and there is guidance on every stage of production.

Other Support

There are a number of useful websites offering guidance and advice;

The Heritage Lottery Fund has grants for community led heritage projects.

Information

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Preparing a Plan

Should you prepare a neighbourhood plan?

Help and support with writing a neighbourhood plan

Sharing evidence and information

What's needed in a neighbourhood plan

Preparing a sustainability appraisal / strategic environmental assessment

Progress
Area/Parish Area Designation Pre-Submission Consultation Submission to MBC 6 Week Public Consultation Independent Examination Final PlanReferendum

Bearsted

10.12.15

      

Boughton Monchelsea

29.10.12

      

Boxley

05.09.13

      

Broomfield & Kingswood

15.10.12

Ended on 13.07.15

21.10.15

06.11.15 - 18.12.15

February 2016

Decision Statement  

Coxheath

20.10.12

Ended on 20.12.13

Withdrawn on 02.10.14

    

Harrietsham

29.10.12

Withdrawn on 05.05.15

     

Headcorn

08.04.13

Ended on 31.07.15

13.11.15

15.01.16 - 26.02.16

Interim Examiners Report (May 2016)


Our Response to the Report (May 2016)


Comments from the Parish Council (June 2016)


Agenda (October 2016)


Final Examiner's Report (March 2017)

Decision Notice  

Langley

Application on hold

      

Lenham

27.11.12

24.09.18 - 09.11.18

     

Loose

04.10.13

31.10.16 - 13.12.16 17.10.1802.11.2018 - 14.12.2018   

Marden

14.01.13

09.06.2018 - 21.07.2018     

North Loose

18.12.12

Ended on 21.06.15

09.08.15

11.09.15 - 23.10.15

November 2015

January 2016

March 2016

Otham 01.08.2017      

Staplehurst

14.01.13

Ended on 17.07.14

08.09.15

23.10.15 - 04.12.15

Interim Examiners Report (May 2016)


Informative Regarding SEA and HRA (June 2016)


Comments from the Parish Council (July 2016)


Final Examiners Report (August 2016)

September 2016

November 2016

Sutton Valence

28.02.14

      

Tovil

12.12.17

      
Yalding 19.04.18     

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