Home   Maidstone   News   Article

Maidstone's Local Plan to be decided on after Sajid Javid decides not to intervene

By Ed McConnell

Maidstone's draft Local Plan is on the home straight after the Secretary of State decided not to intervene.

Sajid Javid, secretary of state for communities and local government, received letters urging him to call the plan in from MPs Helen Grant and Helen Whately.

But he has now written to them to inform them no intervention will take place. He was however critical of aspects of the plan, particularly in regard to air quality and neighbourhood planning.

Maidstone's Local Plan will be voted on this month. Picture: Martin Apps
Maidstone's Local Plan will be voted on this month. Picture: Martin Apps

The announcement means a decision will be made on whether to adopt to housing strategy — which will determine where 17,660 houses will be built in the borough by 2031 — on Wednesday, October 25.

Mr Javid said: “I am determined to ensure we support local authorities in bringing forward plan-led development rather than allowing the speculative development which causes communities concern. The Maidstone Local Plan is the framework that provides a five year supply of deliverable housing sites and the best defence against unplanned development.”

In a joint statement, Leader Cllr Fran Wilson and chair of strategic planning, sustainability and transportation committee Cllr David Burton, said: “We are very pleased with Mr Javid’s response and the approach that has been taken to the concerns raised. We are confident that we are now in a strong position to move forward towards full adoption of the plan later this month.

“The Maidstone Local Plan offers the foundations on which we can build upon to safeguard the future of the borough and the communities that live and work here.”

Join the debate...
Comments |

Don't have an account? Please Register first!

The KM Group does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.


Terms of Comments
We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules. If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here, email multimediadesk@thekmgroup.co.uk or call 01634 227989.

Follow us

Like Us on Facebook

Most popular

Kent Travel News

Close This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.Learn More