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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

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 sets out the framework for undertaking the later stages of the SA/SEA.

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.