What is the new Local Plan

The Preferred Options Draft Local Plan that was consulted on in January – March last year is available to download or view as a PDF.

The Local Plan sets out policies and proposals that will be used to guide decisions and investment on development and regeneration. It will help make sure that the district is developed in the right way.

The plan sets out how and where homes, jobs, community facilities, shops and infrastructure will be delivered and the type of places and environments we want to create. It also identifies land to be protected from development, such as open space.

The new Local Plan will cover the district right up to 2031.

This will replace the Saved Policies from the 2006 Local Plan.

The Local Plan needs to be based on adequate, up-to-date and relevant evidence about the economic, social and environmental characteristics and prospects of Thanet. The evidence we have collected, and will continue to collect includes specific studies and a variety of statistical and other information.

The process for producing a Local Plan is set out in national law and regulations. The Local Plan has to be submitted to the Secretary of State for approval and a public examination will be held by an independent Planning Inspector.