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Gravesham Council begins an eight-week public consultation on local planning

PUBLISHED: 16:58 23 April 2018 | UPDATED: 18:30 23 April 2018

Copies of the consultation will be available from the Civic Centre in Gravesend. Picture: Google

Copies of the consultation will be available from the Civic Centre in Gravesend. Picture: Google

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Gravesham Borough Council will begin an eight-week public consultation this month, to give everyone the chance to have their say about where development might occur in the future.

All local planning authorities must produce a local plan to guide growth and provide certainty to residents regarding how much development is needed, where it will take place, what infrastructure and services are required and what measures need to be taken.

Copies of the consultation booklet are being delivered to all homes and businesses in Gravesham from Monday, April 23.

The consultation can also be found at: www.gravesham.gov.uk/yoursay (from April 23) and further copies of the document will be available from the Civic Centre in Gravesend.

Council leader, Cllr David Turner, said: “This is a major consultation for Gravesham.

“With no local plan, the Green Belt could lose virtually all protection it has, allowing the local planning process to be side-stepped.

“We are looking at areas where more homes could feasibly be built and asking residents and businesses for their views.”

This wide ranging consultation also covers what is called site allocations, which look closely at the rural areas and what development, if any, is desirable and what might be necessary to protect the future of villages and communities.

The council is also looking at whether merging small settlements could keep services like shops, pubs and public transport viable.

Another option is to create a new freestanding settlement altogether.

All responses to this consultation will be taken into account before more specific and detailed proposals are consulted upon later in 2019.

Six drop-in sessions will run for anyone that would like to come along and look at the various consultation options:

• Tuesday, May 1, 2-8pm at Eastgate Centre, 141 Springhead Parkway, Northfleet

• Thursday, May 3, 2-8pm at The Blake Gallery, Civic Centre, Windmill Street

• Saturday, May 5, at Culverstone Community Hall, Culverstone Community Centre, Whitepost Lane, Meopham

• Thursday May 10, 2-8pm at Higham Memorial Hall, School Lane, Higham

• Tuesday, May 15, 2-8pm, Chinnery Court, Wrotham Road Meopham

• Thursday, May 17, 2-8pm, Memorial Hall, Lewis Rd, Istead Rise

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