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Maidstone Borough Local Plan Consultation 2014 Have your say today!

The local plan will set the rules for how Maidstone Borough develops over the next twenty years and Maidstone Council Leader, Chris Garland, wants local people to help produce Maidstone’s plan.

Chris Garland says: “The plan must reflect local people’s views of how they wish their community to develop. I urge everyone with an interest in their area to look at and comment on the draft plan.”

The draft plan is based on the objectively assessed needs of the local area and sets out opportunities for development and clear policies on what will or won’t be permitted and where. It plans positively for the development and

infrastructure required in the area and has a clear strategy for enhancing the natural, built and historic environment.

“The Local Plan will deliver the homes, jobs and transport infrastructure needed for our growing population, whilst still protecting our local landscapes. We will be able to protect important countryside from unsuitable housing and co-ordinate the infrastructure that new housing needs to fit in;” says Cllr Garland.

View the plan

The consultation documents, together with supporting background material, can be viewed and downloaded from our website - - where you will also be able to submit your comments on the plan.

The documents are also available for inspection at Maidstone Gateway, King Street, Maidstone, Kent ME15 6JQ.

The offices are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5:30pm, and Saturday 9am to 1pm. In addition, copies of the documents will be available at all libraries in Maidstone Borough. You can call 01622 602736 or email to get a free CD of the document, or to buy a printed copy for £18.

The public consultation runs until 5pm on 7 May 2014. The best way to submit comments is directly on the council’s web based consultation system via the link at localplan.

Exhibitions Tuesday 8 April

Headcorn Village Hall, Church Lane

Wednesday 9 April The Hilton Hotel, Bearsted Road Thursday 10 April Friday 11 April Monday 14 April Tuesday 15 April

2.00pm - 8.00pm 2.00pm - 8.00pm

St Nicholas Church Hall, Poplar Grove, Allington 2.00pm - 8.00pm Staplehurst Village Hall, High Street

Wednesday 16 April Lenham Community Centre, Groom Way Thursday 17 April

Coxheath Village Hall, Stockett Lane

Wednesday 23 April Cardwell Pavilion, Hollingbourne Friday 25 April

Saturday 26 April Tuesday 29 April Friday 2 May

Yalding Village Hall, Lyngs Close Harrietsham Village Hall, Church Road

Future development in Maidstone will be supported by infrastructure improvements, such as new or safer road schemes, additional school places, park improvements and new health centres, paid for by developers.

Maidstone Borough Council has prepared a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging schedule. The levy

Heather House, Bicknor Road, Park Wood Maidstone Leisure Centre

2.00pm - 8.00pm

Boughton Monchelsea Village Hall, Church Street 1.30pm - 7.30pm John Banks Hall, Goudhurst Road, Marden

2.00pm - 8.00pm 2.00pm - 8.00pm 1.30pm - 7.30pm 2.00pm - 8.00pm 2.00pm - 8.00pm 10.00am - 2.00pm 2.00pm - 8.00pm 2.00pm - 8.00pm

Improving Maidstone’s infrastructure

is a mandatory charge applied across the borough on all new housing and out of town retail developments to pay for vital infrastructure.

The CIL, a separate document to the local plan, is also out for public comments until 7 May 2014 and can be viewed on the council’s website

It can also be viewed at The Gateway, King Street, Maidstone and at all public libraries in Maidstone Borough. Alternatively call 01622 602736 or email to get a free CD of the document, or to buy a printed copy for £2.50.

Alternatively, comments and comment forms can be emailed to, or posted to the Spatial Policy Team, Maidstone Borough Council, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone. ME15 6JQ

The next steps The council will consider all comments

made on the draft plan and publish an amended plan for public comment in winter 2014, before submitting the plan to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in spring 2015. An inspector appointed by the Secretary of State will then conduct an ‘Independent Examination’, perhaps in summer 2015 before the plan is adopted later that year.

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