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   Maidstone Local Plan Helen Whately MP intervention    September 19, 2017

The following is a press release from MBC

Please find below an update to the current position relating to Maidstone’s Local Plan and MP Helen Whately’s letter to Sajid Javid.

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Maidstone Borough Council’s Leader and Chief Executive met on Tuesday 19 September with Faversham and Mid Kent MP Helen Whately to discuss the borough’s local plan. Alison Broom and Cllr Fran Wilson are keen to work together with Mrs Whately following her letter to Sajid Javid, the Minister for Communities and Local Government, asking for him to delay the formal adoption of the plan.
 
In a joint statement, Cllr Wilson and Alison Broom said: “We remain confident that our local plan can and will be adopted. It has already been through a public examination by a Government inspector. Yesterday's meeting with Mrs Whately enabled us to discuss her concerns and clarify certain issues such as the investment earmarked for infrastructure and building on AONB land. Our full council meeting is being postponed whilst we wait for a response from the Secretary of State. However we have to be mindful that the government is consulting on a standardised methodology for calculating housing need and if our local plan is not adopted, from April 2018, the housing target for Maidstone will significantly increase.”
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A copy of the Planning Inspector's final report and appendix of main modifications can be found on the MBC website.

http://www.maidstone.gov.uk/residents/planning/local-plan/examination

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