Medway Local Plan

Medway Council came into existence as a Unitary Authority in April 1998. It is charged with the responsibility of preparing all types of plans for its administrative area and has extensive planning powers. It has resolved to:

  • prepare a single local plan for the whole of its area.
  • prepare a structure plan, to replace the current one, jointly with Kent County Council, covering the whole of Medway and Kent in order to retain the same geographic basis as the current plan.
  • prepare waste and minerals local plans to replace the current ones produced by, and inherited from, Kent County Council.

The Local Plan sets out a vision for future development in Medway to ensure that the needs of the area are met through a number of policies and proposals.

The current  Medway Local Plan 2003 was adopted and launched on 14 May 2003, replacing the Medway Towns Local Plan 1992 and the Medway Local Plan Deposit Version 1999 with Policy S12 designating Kingsnorth for redevelopment for General Industrial Development and Storage and Distribution uses.

New Medway Local Plan (2019 to 2037)

The Local Plan sets out a vision for future development in Medway to ensure that the needs of the area are met through a number of policies and proposals.

The Council are currently working on a new Local Plan, Future Medway, which will replace the 2003 Medway Local Plan Kingsnorth is again designated in the emerging Local Plan.

The plan will cover the period up to 2037 providing for the number of homes and jobs and supporting infrastructure such as transport, health facilities and parks that the area and its growing population need over time.

Subject to outcomes of an independent examination by a planning inspector, Medway’s Local Plan will be adopted in 2021.

Find out more about the development of the new local plan

Medway Local Plan