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Planning guidance

We have produced a suite of planning guidance to support and expand upon policies contained within the adopted Development Plan. These documents set out our position on a range of key topics and are a material consideration for development control purposes.

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD) and Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) are intended to provide detailed guidance on how planning policy will be implemented. They can either be topic or area related. 

Thanet Coast and Sandwich Bay SPA Mitigation Strategy

When applying for Planning Permission for residential development the requirements for this strategy may apply please see the following link 

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD)

Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG)

First Homes Position Statment

Conservation Area Character Appraisals 

We have produced Conservation Area Character Appraisals for a number of areas in the district to provide a basis for developing initiatives that preserve and enhance the character and appearance of that area.

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) are designated by Natural England.  AONBs are afforded the highest level of protection under the Countryside Rights of Way Act. The district contains an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the Kent Downs AONB.

The Kent Downs Management Plan 2021-2026 has been adopted by the council and can be found here: Management Plan - Kent Downs   

Other planning documents 


Email  planningpolicy@dover.gov.uk