Environment and Quality of Life
Landscape Character Assessment 2017
The 2017 document assesses Thanet’s landscapes and their important features and qualities. The document is a Kent-wide landscape assessment which aims to ensure the continued distinctiveness of our landscapes.
Thanet Landscape Character Assessment August 2017
For ease of reference, figures 2.1, 2.2 and the Landscape Character map are shown below
- Thanet-Landscape-Character-map (PDF)
The statement below sets out the consultation undertaken to date.
The statement below sets out the latest consultation undertaken.
Strategic Access Management and Monitoring Plan (SAMM)
The Thanet Coast and Sandwich Bay Special Protection Area (SPA) is used by large numbers of migratory birds. Recreational activities at the coast have been shown to cause the disturbance of birds. This Strategic Access Management and Monitoring Plan (SAMM) provides a strategy to mitigate the potential in-combination impacts of new housing development and resulting recreational pressure on the SPA.
Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA)
A Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) has been prepared to present advice and recommendations on the implications of flood risk and climate change. Please note that there will be an addendum to the SFRA to reflect the recently completed sea defences in Margate.
Open Space Audit
The Council has recently updated the Open Space audit and has commissioned studies on Open Space, Playing Pitches and Sports Facilities.
An Executive Summary of these strategies is available below.
- Open Space Strategy, Playing Pitch Strategy and Sports Facility Strategy 2017 Executive Summary June 2018
- Playing Pitch Strategy September 2018
- Open Space Strategy June 2018
- Indoor Sports Facilities Strategy – Main Report September 2018
- Indoor Sports Facilities Strategy – Appendicies
Local Green Space
This report and the addendum sets out the policy background and assesses the proposals for local green space received as part of the public consultation on the draft Local Plan Proposed Revisions (Preferred Options) January 2017.
We have prepared a number of Topic Papers to support the proposed Issues and Options Consultation. These draw together the various evidence sources and identify and consider specific issues and options.
Natural Environment (PDF)
Water Cycle (PDF)
Climate Change (PDF)
Quality Development (PDF)
A Local Climate Impacts Profile for Kent – A summary of impacts from past severe weather events 1996-2010 (KCC)
The impacts of 52 severe weather events resulting from our changing climate on the county over a 14 year period. The study highlights vulnerabilities to severe weather events and how they may affect local communities, local authority assets, infrastructure and capacity to deliver services.
Climate Local Kent Commitment
A Local Government Association initiative to reduce carbon emissions and improve resilience to the affects of our changing climate and extreme weather. View the document
Stour Catchment Abstraction Management Strategy (May 2003)
How to manage surface and groundwater abstraction licences and help recover resources in parts of the catchment where abstraction is unsustainable. View the document (PDF 1.6mb)
River Basin Management Plan – South East River Basin district (December 2009) Water Resource Management Plan
Identifies the pressures facing the water environment and the actions that can address them. View the document
Isle of Grain to South Foreland Shoreline Management Plan Review (2010)
This is a high-level document that forms an important part of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) strategy for flood and coastal defence. View the document
Surface Water Management Plan (November 2012)
An investigation of local flooding issues such as flooding from sewers, drains groundwater and runoff from land, small watercourses and ditches that occurs as a result of heavy rainfall. The report can be viewed via the Kent County Council website. View the document
Thanet Air Quality Action Plan 2013
An Action Plan to coordinate strategies to offer a comprehensive strategic approach to the improvement of air quality across Thanet. Thanet Air Quality Action Plan