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Maidstone borough Council recently conducted the first stage of consultation on its Design and Sustainability Development Plan Issues and Options document.

The document will form part of the development plan for the borough and will build on policies in the adopted Local Plan and the forthcoming Local Plan Review. In doing so it will further ingrain good design and sustainability within new development across the borough.

Cllr Paul Cooper, Lead Member for Planning and Infrastructure at MBC said:

“We really appreciate people taking the time to let us know their views. We received 56 written comments raising a number of points in response to the consultation questions. These came from a range of interested parties, including residents, statutory consultees, developers and Parish Councils. In addition, we ran an interactive mapping exercise which received 122 comments from residents.

“In order to deliver the new development that Maidstone needs, in a form that enables our communities and economy to thrive whilst securing the best sustainability credentials, we need to make sure that good quality design and high sustainability lie at the heart of all forthcoming development proposals.

“These responses will help to inform the next iteration of the draft Design and Sustainability Development Plan Document which we expect to consult on in the Spring.”

Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) is now liaising with statutory consultees as part of the legally prescribed consultations process required for the preparation of local development scheme documents.  Following input from statutory consultees, the next iteration of the Development Plan Document will contain a series of draft policy approaches that will have been framed by the feedback received from the public, statutory consultees and other interested parties at consultation – this document will be consulted on in Spring 2023.

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