Local Plan moves forward with submission to Secretary of State

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Last Updated: 20 Feb 2019 8:14am

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council has submitted its draft Local Plan to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

The Local Plan is a key strategic document, which, once adopted, will guide and manage future development in the borough up to the year 2031. The purpose of having a Local Plan is to identify how future needs for new homes will be met, along with jobs, businesses and community facilities such as schools, medical facilities, roads and public open spaces.  Subject to confirmation from the Planning Inspectorate that the submission is valid, the plan will identify sites that could feature in meeting development needs in the most sustainable way.

Around 20,000 responses were received during the consultation process and these have been submitted together with the Local Plan and supporting documents to the Secretary of State.

Howard Rogers, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Infrastructure, says: “I would like to thank everyone who engaged in the preparation and consultations of the Local Plan and especially for the time they have taken in sharing their views and giving advice.  The Local Plan is an extremely important strategic document and once adopted, it will provide a robust basis for meeting those development needs across the borough including housing, schools, employment and the essentials for keeping Tonbridge and Malling a great place to live.”

In the coming days the Borough Council expects to be informed of the appointment of a Planning Inspector and to receive confirmation that the submission is valid.  The Planning Inspector will be responsible for setting out a timetable for the next stages of the process.

The Borough Council will publish full details of the public examination of the Local Plan, including all comments received as part of the consultation online within eight weeks.  You can also follow us on Twitter or Facebook for further information.