The adopted Development Plan for Folkestone & Hythe District comprises the Shepway Core Strategy Local Plan (2013) and the Places and Policies Local Plan (2020), along with The St Mary in the Marsh Neighbourhood Plan (2019); and the Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan (2016).
The Core Strategy was adopted on the 18 September 2013. The Core Strategy sets out the vision, broad principles and spatial approach for development across the district to 2031. Other Development Plan Documents (DPDs) take the lead from the Core Strategy to ensure that they are in conformity with its vision, spatial strategy and polices.
The Core Strategy (2013) is currently under review to reflect progress on its delivery and recent changes to national policy and guidance. Please follow the link to the Core Strategy Review (2020) for further information including current examination proceedings
The Folkestone & Hythe Places and Policies Local Plan was adopted on the 16 September 2020.
The Places and Policies Local Plan identifies small and medium sized sites for development across the district to meet the targets in the Core Strategy; as well as setting out detailed development management policies to assess planning applications.
The St. Mary in the Marsh Neighbourhood Plan been adopted by the council and now forms part of the Development Plan. Policies within the neighbourhood plan now apply to development proposals within the parish.
The Kent Waste and Minerals Local Plan (2016) sets out the vision and strategy for waste management and mineral provision up until the year 2030.
A number of Supplementary Planning Documents also provide additional policy guidance and are geographical or issue specific.
The NPPF and PPG set out the government's planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied