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Council Response to Government consultation on the National Planning Policy Framework

Read the council’s response to Government’s latest consultations on the National Planning Policy Framework


Thanet has a rich archaeological landscape that is largely due to its origins as an island and its close proximity to Europe which led to it becoming a gateway to England for early history.  This has  resulted in a unique archaeological character ranging from Palaeolithic, Roman, Anglo Saxons, the rise of Christianity, mediaeval and to more recently, WW2 and associated infrastructure.  In addition, the coastal nature of the district means there is a rich maritime heritage and archaeological potential particularly associated with shipwrecks most notably around the Goodwin Sands.

The Thanet Archaeological Landscape Mapping Project is an exciting project to improve and update the archaeological information held for the District.  It is being funded and led by Historic England in partnership with Kent County Council and Thanet District Council. For more information please see the link below.

Thanet Archaeological Landscape Mapping Project


The Environment Act November 2021 mandates the provision of 10% Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) on the majority of development sites (with a few exceptions to be agreed through regulations) for up to 30 years.  This was due to come into force in November 2023, however the Government has recently  amended the timetable for BNG to come into force in January 2024. This will apply to outline, full and temporary applications.

The Government consulted on draft regulations last year and the response to the consultation has now been published which confirms some aspects and promises further guidance on others. Further information is available on the Government’s website. For specific information relating to Kent please visit the Kent Nature Partnership website .

Defra has produced  The Biodiversity Gain Plan: draft template and guidance  (26/10/2023) which provides a clear and consistent document.  Using the template and guidance developers will set out how their proposals meet the biodiversity net gain objective. The biodiversity gain plan contains the relevant information for the planning authority to determine whether the biodiversity net gain objective has been met.

Please note this is a draft and any changes to the final biodiversity gain plan template will be published on the Defra blog  before BNG becomes mandatory in January 2024.  In the meantime developers are urged to consider the draft template when formulating their proposals to provide biodiversity net gain.

This page will be updated once new regulations and guidance are published.



The Environment Act 2021 introduces a statutory requirement for the preparation of Local Nature Recovery Strategies (LNRS) to set out priorities and propose actions to halt the decline of and help nature recover. As part of this process the  Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has appointed ‘responsible authorities’ to lead the preparation of the strategy for each  of the 48 areas identified.  For Kent and Medway, Kent County Council has been appointed the responsible authority and has started preliminary work on the Making Space for Nature project, see below.

Local Nature Recovery Strategy (LNRS)

Making Space for Nature in Kent and Medway will work with partners and stakeholders to collaboratively establish shared priorities for the delivery of nature recovery and environmental improvements, in order to create a network of wildlife-rich places across the county. This local nature recovery strategy is one of 48 – together these will cover the whole of England, with no gaps or overlaps, to deliver the government’s commitment to ending the decline of nature and support its recovery.  Kent County Council is the Responsible Authority for developing the county’s Nature Recovery Strategy and over the next 18 months the Making Space for Nature project team will develop the county’s strategy. This will create a local habitat map that identifies areas of importance for biodiversity and areas that could become of importance. It will also develop a statement of biodiversity priorities, which draws on the features of Kent’s biodiversity, and identifies potential measures for nature recovery.  The Kent and Medway Local Nature Recovery Strategy is a strategy for everyone – it will shape what our nature and landscape will look like in years to come and deliver a network of wildlife rich places across Kent and Medway for all to enjoy and benefit from.  The development of the Strategy will be locally led and collaborative – the project will work with those that own and manage the land; those that influence how biodiversity is protected and enhanced; those that use and depend on nature’s services; and those that inform and make decisions. By being informed by stakeholders’ priorities, data, information and knowledge, we will create a strategy that presents a plan for joined-up action to recover our county’s nature.  For more information about the project and details of how you can become involved see https://www.makingspacefornaturekent.org.uk/

Over the course of the project, a series of surveys will be run, so the team can directly hear as many views as possible as work on Making Space for Nature in Kent & Medway progresses and the Strategy takes shape.  Currently the project wants to hear why the county’s nature is important to you – see https://www.makingspacefornaturekent.org.uk/get-involved/


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