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New Dover District Local Plan

We are in the process of producing a new Local Plan.  The Local Plan sets out planning policies and proposals for new development in the District over the period from 2020 to 2040. Once adopted, the Local Plan will replace the current suite of Development Plan documents


Update May 2020

As a result of the current situation regarding COVID-19, the proposed consultation on the draft Local Plan (reg 18) which was planned to take place in June and July, will be postponed. We are currently considering the impact of the situation on the timescale and scope of the consultation and are continuing to monitor the government’s advice on the situation. We hope to carry out the consultation later in the year or early in 2021 and will keep this page updated with firmer proposals once these are known. The Local Development Scheme will also be updated in due course.

Previous timetable proposed in the LDS December 2019

  • Evidence gathering: ongoing to June 2020
  • Consultation on draft Local Plan (Regulation 18): June 2020 – July 2020 (min  6 weeks)
  • Review and finalise Local Plan: June 2020 - April 2021
  • Consultation on proposed submission version of the Local Plan (Regulation 19): May 2021 – June 2021 (min 6 weeks)
  • Local Plan Examination – January 2022
  • Adoption of Local Plan – April 2022

 Key Documents

Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment

The Council is currently undertaking a Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) to support the preparation of the new Local Plan for the District.

The HELAA has been prepared in accordance with the government's methodology set out in the Planning Practice Guidance

To view the latest findings of the HELAA please click here.

Community Engagement

A number of community engagement events have been held to inform the preparation of the Local Plan. The findings of these events are available to view below: 




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