Update on Local Plan process

Earlier this year (20 January – 17 March 2017), Thanet District Council consulted on the proposed revisions to the Draft Local Plan.

The Plan sets out the council’s strategy to support the district’s population and economic growth up to 2031. The creation of a Local Plan is designed to give the council greater control over where and what type of developments can take place over the next twenty years.

1,531 individual comments were received during this consultation and all comments are now available to view online. In direct response to feedback received, the following main changes have been proposed to the draft Local Plan. These will be considered by various Council committees between October and January 2018.

  • The identification of a number of sites as Local Green Space
  • A policy for the protection of allotments;
  • A Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for the Westwood retail area, detailing pedestrian connectivity and the goal of transforming Westwood into a cohesive town centre;
  • Policy support for new education and health facilities at key locations in the district;
  • Continuing the policy from the adopted Local Plan to safeguard land for grow-on space for the QEQM hospital; and
  • The allocation of two additional housing sites – Shottendane Farm, Margate (8 units); and Lanthorne Court, Broadstairs (up to 56 units).

Cllr Lin Fairbrass, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Environmental Services said:

”We would like to thank everyone who took the time to provide us with feedback. Their comments have helped shape the Draft Local Plan, which will be published in the New Year. The council is committed to a planned and controlled approach to development, which supports growth as well as maintaining Thanet’s green and welcoming environment.”

The final stage of the Local Plan process prior to submission to the Planning Inspectorate is referred to as ‘Publication of the Draft Local Plan’. Members of the public will have a further opportunity to comment on the Draft Plan when it is published in January.  Feedback will be submitted directly to the Planning Inspector, when the document is submitted for independent Examination. Anyone wishing to speak in front of the Inspector must submit a comment at this stage. Previous consultation responses will not be put forward.

A report regarding the next steps in the Local Plan process will be considered at various Council committees:

  • Cabinet: 25 October 2017
  • Overview & Scrutiny Panel: 21 November 2017
  • Cabinet: 14 December 2017
  • Council: 18 January 2018

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