Maidstone Borough Council has formally adopted its Local Plan following a full council meeting on Wednesday 25 October. The decision means the borough now has an agreed framework for development until 2031 and the policies within the plan will be used to make decisions on planning applications. The plan will be subject to review in order that it still remains relevant for the changing needs of Maidstone and its residents.
In a statement, Leader Cllr Fran Wilson said: “I’m pleased the local plan has been adopted. We have worked tirelessly with key stakeholders and the public to ensure our plan is right for Maidstone and I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this key document. By adopting the plan, we are ensuring that any developments planned for the borough will create new communities that provide sufficient homes for our growing population needs, that we can support new job creation whilst also ensuring we protect our landscape and wildlife areas.”
Chair of Strategic Planning, Sustainability and Transportation Committee Cllr David Burton commented: “I believe our Local Plan gives the best chance of certainty up until at least 2021 and will give our Planning Committee the best set of tools to refuse unwanted opportunistic applications. Most importantly it contains the opportunity for improvement and revision of policies and allocations through the review process for a Plan post 2021. This includes giving consideration for a Leeds Langley Relief road and other alternative options plus looking at the need for further sustainable transport measures aimed at encouraging modal shift to reduce congestion and air pollution on our roads. It is now vital that we all work together to get the next revision set to address as many of the concerns that have been expressed as possible whilst enjoying the overall protection of a current Local Plan.”