Core Strategy review

National Planning Policy puts Local Plans at the heart of the planning system. It is essential that they are not just in place, but are also kept up to date

Core Strategy Local Plan review consultation

We're undertaking an early review of the adopted Core Strategy Local Plan and welcome comments on the consultation document. The consultation began on Thursday 29 March 2018 and concludes on Friday 18 May 2018. To comment on the plan, the Sustainability Appraisal or the Habitats Regulations Assessment, visit our consultation portal.

Make a comment

pdf icon Core Strategy Review Consultation Draft Plan - March 2018 [26Mb]

pdf icon Core Strategy Review Sustainability Appraisal March 2018 [10Mb]

pdf icon Core Strategy Review Habitats Regulations Assessment March 2018 [2Mb]

Alternatively, download, complete and return the representation form below.

word icon Core Strategy Review Representation Form [161kb]

Display Boards

In addition, we have produced a number of display boards which set out some key points regarding the Core Strategy Review consultation.

pdf icon Core Strategy Review Housing Need [1Mb]

pdf icon Core Strategy Review The Wider Context [1Mb]

pdf icon Core Strategy Review Housing Delivery [1Mb]

pdf icon Core Strategy Review Where Can Development Go? [1Mb]

pdf icon Core Strategy Review Garden Settlement [1Mb]

pdf icon Core Strategy Review Sellindge [1Mb]

pdf icon Core Strategy Review Timeline [1Mb]

Call for sites

We've opened up a fresh call for sites to run concurrently alongside the consultation.

Should you wish to submit an alternative site, that has not previously been submitted for consideration as part of the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA), then please complete and return the from below.

This could include land suitable for housing (strategic sites with capacity for 250+ sites only), gypsy and traveller pitches, employment, retail, leisure or other uses.

word icon Strategic Housing and Employment Land Submission Form [203kb]

Reasons for the review

There have been many changes since the Core Strategy was adopted, for example:

  • the national population projection figures have been updated;
  • National Planning Practice Guidance has changed; and,
  • we have reviewed our own Corporate Plan.

Therefore it's necessary to review the Core Strategy to ensure that it still sets out a robust, long term plan for the district.

Updates to our Local Plan

We've added some additional documents to our Local Plan Evidence Base to inform the review.

Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA)

To establish the housing market area and housing need in the district.

pdf icon Shepway SHMA Part 1 [2Mb]
pdf icon Shepway SHMA Part 2 [1Mb]

Growth Options Study

To identify and test potential approaches to strategic planning for future growth in the district. This work includes:

pdf icon Shepway Growth Options Phase Two Report [19Mb]
pdf icon Shepway High Level Options Report [5Mb]
pdf icon High Level Landscape Appraisal [58Mb]

Sustainability Appraisal (SA)

To support the review, we're working on the SA, incorporating the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). This will help us assess how the Core Strategy will contribute to the achievement of sustainable development.

The SA/SEA is mandatory for Local Plan documents under national and European legislation.

The first stage was to produce and consult on a Scoping Report to provide the context for, and determine the scope of, the SA/SEA of the Core Strategy Review. The Scoping Report also set out the framework for undertaking the later stages of the SA/SEA. The latest versions are available to view above and on the consultation portal.

pdf icon Shepway Core Strategy Review SA Scoping Report [14Mb]

Planning Performance Agreement (PPA)

A PPA has been entered into that includes:

  • details relating to master planning, providing an evidence base for the Core Strategy Local Plan review; and,
  • the information needed to support a future planning application.

Further details can be found here.