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The Places and Policies Local Plan

The Places and Policies Local Plan identifies specific sites for the new homes and work spaces that we need and how we want them built

We are currently developing our Places and Policies Local Plan.

We published the 'Preferred Options' draft of the plan for public comments on 7 October 2016 for a six week period, closing on the 18 November 2016.  To view comments, use the link below. 

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How do we develop a local plan?

The process we follow when developing a local plan is set out in government legislation.

Following the Preferred Options consultation, we have amended the Local Plan for another public consultation (the 'Submission' draft).

The Submission Draft Places and Policies Local Plan was taken to Cabinet on 19 July 2017 and was approved for consultation. We are currently preparing some additional evidence to support the plan and will start consultation on the Submission Draft as soon as this evidence is finalised.   

The Submission Draft consultation is planned to be for 6 weeks over November and December 2017. When the consultation has finished we will submit the plan to the Planning Inspectorate (an independent government body), who will arrange an 'Examination in Public'.  This is likely to be early in 2018.

All the comments received during the forthcoming Submission consultation will be considered by an independent Planning Inspector during the examination. 

What the Places and Policies Local Plan covers


The Submission Draft Places and Policies Local Plan identifies sites that we consider are suitable for development throughout the district to provide up to 2,500 new homes and land for offices, community uses and other types of development.


The plan also sets out:

  • What we want our buildings to look like;
  • How they serve our economy and communities; and,
  • How they relate to each other and to what's already here

It also determines how much open or play space and parking there should be, as well as ways to conserve and enhance our heritage and natural environment.

Read the Submission Draft Places and Policies Local Plan

The Submission Draft Places and Policies Local Plan, approved by Cabinet in July 2017, can be viewed in three parts below:

pdf icon Part I: Introduction, and Policies Relating to Folkestone and Hythe [6Mb]
pdf icon Part II: Policies Relating to Romney Marsh and the North Downs Area [9Mb]
pdf icon Part III: General Development Management Policies [8Mb]

Additional documents

The Cabinet report, and a summary of consultation comments received during the Preferred Options consultation in 2016, can be viewed here.

pdf icon Cabinet Report 19 July 2017 [218kb]
pdf icon Places and Policies Local Plan - Summary of Consultation Comments [383kb]