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Final Public Consultation on Local Plan Review – 29 October to 12 December 2021
Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) is currently conducting its Local Plan Review Regulation 19 consultation. This is the final consultation before their proposed Plan is submitted to the Government’s independent Planning Inspector for examination. The plan sets out how much development is needed, where it should be built and what supporting infrastructure such as roads, schools and health centres should be provided. Heathlands is one of two ‘garden settlements’ proposed in this plan. The other one is Lidsing.
The Regulation 19 public consultation on the Local Plan review started on 29 October and finishes at 5pm on 12 December. This final consultation is very specific in its ask. It is seeking ‘representations’ on soundness and legal compliance of the proposed plan as required by the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).
This is a critical time, and we need every resident to write to the Council in response to this public consultation and let them know that this proposal is not right for this area.
Maidstone Borough Council’s Garden Community proposal fails to meet all the national planning policy requirements and will come under intense scrutiny by the Planning Inspector. We need to demonstrate that this proposal is not acceptable to the local community.
Make your voice count. This is not a done deal. By standing together as one united rural community we can defeat this proposal.
Here we have put together a guide to help you when drafting your letter/email to the Council.
We need as many people as possible to write to the council with their objections, to demonstrate the weight of public opinion against this scheme.
Before writing your letter, you might want to do a little research about the proposal.
Objection Guide & Template Letter
We have prepared this guide to assist you in responding to what is a fairly complex planning consultation. It is important that your objection addresses key points. Objections that are just about your view of the Heathlands proposal are likely to be refused.
Download a template letter that you can adapt for your response to the Council’s Regulation 19 public consultation.
Where to send your response to the public consultation