Neighbourhood Plan Consultation

People living in St Mary's Bay and St Mary in the Marsh could be the first in the district to have their own Neighbourhood Plan.


A Neighbourhood Plan is a way of helping a community influence the future of the local area. St Mary in the Marsh Parish Council's plan sets out six key policies covering housing, community facilities, leisure and tourism, and energy supply.

The parish council started consulting local people in 2012 through questionnaires, open days and exhibitions before submitting the plan to Shepway in September 2014. It has now been signed off by the district council and is out for final consultation.

People in the area have until 21 December to comment on our consultation portal.

Neighbourhood Plan Consultation 

After the final consultation, the district council will submit the plan for an independent examination. The examiner will decide if it can go to a local referendum in spring 2018. 

If it goes to a referendum anybody registered to vote in the Parish will be entitled to vote. A simple majority of votes in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan is sufficient for it to succeed.