Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) is encouraging all residents, businesses and other stakeholders to take part in the process and have their say about the Local Plan Review whilst it is still open.
The Consultation has been open since 29 October 2021, sets out the main components of future growth in housing, employment, retail, and the preferred locations where these would provide the widest benefits together with the infrastructure necessary to maximise the benefits across the borough of Maidstone.
The public and other stakeholders including parish councils, community groups, residents, businesses and developers are being encouraged by MBC to have their say via the Local Plan Review webpage:
MBC continues to work to meet nationally imposed government housing targets which is the case for other local authorities across the country. The Maidstone LPR reflects the need to meet those targets and the Reg19 consultation document also includes important policy areas, including protection of key environmental assets, climate change and funding of key infrastructure.
The Council has worked hard to identify a spatial strategy and supporting policies which will be best placed to mitigate the impacts of growth and to bring new facilities which will benefit existing and new communities.
The Regulation 19 Consultation is the culmination of the previous work undertaken by Maidstone Borough Council as part of the Local Plan Review process and is the next stage of that.
In accordance with government guidelines the Reg19 document is the plan that is proposed for the Council to submit to government for Examination by an independent inspector and it is therefore important that as many people take part in the consultation and share their views.
The Local Planning Authority has undertaken extensive work with a wide range of other organisations and stakeholders to ensure all sites proposed in the Plan have been fully assessed.
The Draft Local Plan Review document, report and associated appendices/background papers are available on the Maidstone Borough Council’s website: www.maidstone.gov.uk