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Gravesham local plan safeguards the borough

PUBLISHED: 12:36 03 October 2014 | UPDATED: 12:36 03 October 2014

John Burden, Gravesham Borough Council leader

John Burden, Gravesham Borough Council leader

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Described as ‘best possible outcome for all residents’

Gravesham Borough Council has unanimously adopted its local plan core strategy which lays down the planning framework up to 2028.

There were public hearings in September last year and April this year after which the government’s planning inspector deemed the strategy “sound” but placed some conditions on it including a revision of the number of new homes which he increased from 4,600 to 6,170 due to changes in the way migration projections were calculated.

The council also has to review of the green belt boundaries but the inspector’s final report stressed that “a wholesale release of Green Belt” land is not likely to be necessary.

The adoption by full council this week means that the council can take future planning decisions based on the strategy which earmarks areas for both development and protection over the next 14 years.

Council leader John Burden said: “This is the best possible outcome for residents. The inspector has found that our planning strategy until 2028 is sound and fit for purpose. What this means is that our planning policy has a firm foundation for the future.

“Without this approval, the council would have been at the mercy of developers who could have challenged every planning decision even in the Green Belt. It would have been planning by appeal.”

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