KCC approval for Gravesham council plans
Gravesham council’s vision of how the borough will
look in 2028 has received backing from Kent County
The Local Development Framework (LDF) includes a target of at
least 4,600 new homes built by 2028 and at least 4,600 new
By then, says the report: “Gravesham will have reinvented and
regenerated itself from an area with heavy riverside industry to
one that offers a more diverse range of employment and housing
which respects its unique built, historic and natural
“The openness of the green belt will have been safeguarded and
The council adds that it will support additional development in
Gravesend town centre to improve its provision of shops and jobs as
well as to provide new homes.
There will be no building on green belt land and the natural,
built and historic environment will be protected and enhanced.
Cllr Bryan Sweetland (Con), KCC councillor for Gravesham Rural
and cabinet member for the environment, said: “I welcome the common
sense approach that Gravesham council (GBC) has now taken in
drawing up its 20-year plan.
“The revised Local Development Plan now gives protection to
Gravesham’s green belt from unwanted and inappropriate development
and is a vast improvement from GBC’s original proposals last
“KCC support the target of 4,600 new dwellings as a minimum to
the year 2028, which I accept might be exceeded if further suitable
development sites come forward, providing they are not in the green
“I also support Gravesham’s general approach to affordable
housing, again providing it is not on green belt land.
“We have a duty to protect the green belt for future generations
and I hope this plan now balances the need for additional housing
while protecting our precious countryside.”
The eight-week public consultation on the LDF finished on
The plans are now with the secretary of state for final
The 2028 plan earmarks Northfleet Embankment and the industrial
areas known as Swanscombe Peninsula East as substantial
opportunities for riverside regeneration.
“Development will bring significant benefits to existing
adjoining residential communities and the borough as a whole
through the delivery of new housing and jobs while achieving
environmental improvement, especially in air quality, and a high
standard of design,” the report says.
The proposals for developing a massive leisure area – one of the
biggest theme parks in the world, known as Paramount park – are
discounted by the planners as they say the plans are insufficiently
Important deep water wharves will be retained.
Together with Ebbsfleet the sites will provide 970 homes,
114,000 sq m of employment space and more than 2,200 jobs. Areas
next to The Hive will provide 530 homes, shops and open spaces.
Twenty sites face development, including several put forward
since last year by developers and landowners:
- South of Astra Drive, Riverview Park,
- East of Thong Lane, south of Rochester Road,
- North of High View, Higham
- North of The Drove Way, Istead Rise
- West of Cheshunt Close, Hook Green
- South of Melliker Lane, Hook Green
- South of Istead Rise
- Lomer Farm, Meopham Green
- Steele’s Lane, Meopham Green
- East of Conifer Drive, Culverstone Green
- Land near Chalk Church
- Part of Southern Valley Golf Club, Thong Lane,
- Adjacent to Home Farm Cottage, School Lane, Lower
- 64 Downs Road, Istead Rise
- Longfield Hill
- South of Shipley Hills Road, Meopham
- White Post Lane, Sole Street
- Culverstone Valley
- Tigers Hall Farm, Whitepost Lane and Newlands Lane,
- Whitehorse Wood, Commority Road, Vigo
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