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Maidstone Borough Council
LOCAL PLAN
REVIEW
SCOPING THEMES & ISSUES
JULY 2019
Our Vision
Maidstone: a vibrant,
prosperous, urban and
rural community at the
heart of Kent where
everyone can realise
their potential
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RESPONSE FORM
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MAIDSTONE LOCAL PLAN REVIEW:
SCOPING THEMES & ISSUES (JULY 2019)
Response form
*Name:
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*Please note: we are unable to consider your comments unless these details are fully completed.
How should I complete the form?
You do not need to answer every question; just answer the ones which are most relevant to you. You can
complete it on line (https://maidstone-consult.objective.co.uk/portal/) or by printing or downloading this
form.
Who should I send it to?
Please return your completed form to Strategic Planning, Maidstone Borough Council, Maidstone
House, King Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6JQ OR email to ldf@maidstone.gov.uk. Responses must be
received by 5pm on Monday 30th September.
How will you use my data?
All consultation comments will be made publicly available on the consultation portal (https://maidstone-
consult.objective.co.uk/portal/ ) in due course. This is so that interested parties can view all the
responses that have been received. Published information will include the comment and responder
name. All demographic and contact data will be removed. All data is processed in accordance with the
Data Protection Act 2018. The consultation responses will be used to inform the next stages of the Local
Plan Review.
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Overarching questions
OQ1 – What can the Local Plan Review do to make the growth we need ‘good growth’?
OQ2 – What could the Local Plan Review do to help make our town and village centres fit for the future?
OQ3 – How can the Local Plan Review ensure community facilities and services are brought forward in
the right place and at the right time to support communities?
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OQ4 – What overall benefits would you want to see as a result of growth?
OQ5 - What infrastructure and services, including community services and facilities, do you think are the
most important for a successful new development?
OQ6 – How can the Local Plan Review help support a thriving local economy, including the rural
economy?
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OQ7 – How can the Local Plan Review ensure we have an environmentally attractive and sustainable
borough that takes a pro-active approach to climate change?
OQ8– Are there any other themes, issues and choices that you believe we should address as part of this
Local Plan Review?
Technical questions
TQ1 – What do you think should be the end date for the Local Plan Review? Why?
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TQ2 – Have we identified the correct cross boundary issues? Please give reasons for your answer.
TQ3 - How do you think the council can achieve a consistent annual rate of housebuilding throughout
the Local Plan Review period?
TQ4 – Have we identified all the possible types of housing sites?
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TQ5 – What approaches could we use to identify more small sites suitable for allocation in the Local Plan
Review?
TQ6 – What approaches could we use to increase the number of new homes being built on brownfield
sites and to make brownfield development more viable and attractive to developers?
TQ7 – What factors should we take into account when considering minimum density standards
elsewhere in the borough, beyond the town centre?
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TQ8 – Have we identified all the possible types of employment sites?
TQ9 - What approaches could we use to identify sites in and at the edge of the town centre for future
shopping and leisure needs?
TQ10 – Do you think there should be changes to the current settlement hierarchy? If yes, what evidence
do you have for your answer?
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TQ11 - Which is your preferred option for the future pattern of growth (A, B, Bi or C) and why?
TQ12 – For your preferred option, what infrastructure would you want to see brought forward as a
priority?
TQ13 – If your favoured option won’t achieve the number of new homes needed, at the rate they are
needed, what combination of options do you think would be best?
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TQ14 – Have we identified the correct areas of focus for future masterplanning? What are the reasons
for your answer?
TQ15 - Should the national space standards be incorporated into the Local Plan Review? What are the
reasons for your answer?
TQ16 - How can the Local Plan Review best plan for the dierent types of housing which will be
needed?
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TQ17 – How can the Local Plan Review best plan for the accommodation needs of Gypsy & Travellers
and Travelling Showpeople?
TQ18 – How can the Local Plan Review help ensure that local economic growth benefits everyone?
TQ19 – How can the Local Plan Review help sustain our town and local centres?
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TQ20 – How can the Local Plan Review best plan for the new infrastructure that will be needed to
support growth?
TQ21 – Have we identified all the types of transport measures? Which measures do you think we should
prioritise?
TQ22 – How can the Local Plan Review best integrate health and wellbeing into the planning of new
development?
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TQ23 – How can the Local Plan Review best manage flood risk whilst still achieving the growth that is
needed?
TQ24 – How can the Local Plan Review best plan for the protection and enhancement of the borough’s
environmental assets whilst still achieving the growth that is needed?
TQ25 – How can the Local Plan Review best plan for the conservation and enhancement of the borough’s
heritage assets whilst still achieving the growth that is needed?
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TQ26 – How can the Local Plan Review best plan for the protection and enhancement of the borough’s
biodiversity whilst still achieving the growth that is needed?
TQ27 – How can the Local Plan Review best plan for an overall improvement in air quality in the
Maidstone Air Quality Management Area, and mange air quality elsewhere, whilst still achieving the
growth that is needed?
TQ28 – How can the Local Plan Review best reduce the generation of carbon emissions and mitigate for
the eects of climate change whilst still achieving the growth that is needed?
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TQ29 - How can the Local Plan Review best provide for open space in new development?
TQ30 – What community facilities do you consider are the most important to a successful new
development?
TQ31 – Have we identified the extent of potential changes to the adopted Local Plan correctly? What
alternative or additional ones do you suggest and why?
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About you
1. Are you…
Male
Female
Other – please state
2. Which of the following age group do you fall into?
17 years and under
18-24
25-34
35-44
45-54
55-64
65-74
75+
3. Which of the following best describes your race or ethnicity
White (English/Welsh/Scottish/Northern Irish/British/Irish /Gypsy/Irish Traveller)
Black/ Black British (African/ Caribbean)
Asian/Asian British (Indian, Pakistani/Bangladeshi/Chinese)
Mixed (White & Black Caribbean/ White & Black African/ White & Asian)
Other
4. Are your day-to-day activities limited because of a health problem or disability which has lasted,
or is expected to last, at least 12 months?
Yes
No
Prefer not to say
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