Otham Parish Neighbourhood Plan

We did it!

After more than three years of hard work by a band of local volunteers, Otham's Neighbourhood Development Plan has now been submitted to Maidstone Borough Council.

In line with the overwhelming view of residents when surveyed in 2015, the plan, if approved and adopted, will safeguard many of our most valued green spaces and views for future generations and restrict where housing development can take place. It sets out a sustainable vision for Otham and a series of policies to be used in determining planning applications.

Maidstone Borough Council must now publicise the plan and an independent examiner has been appointed to check that our plan complies with basic conditions. The Parish Council and the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group would welcome your comments. The final stage, if our plan is approved by the examiner, will be a referendum. If you are on the electoral register, this will be your chance to support the plan. We require 50% of those who vote to be in favour so that our plan can be adopted, ensuring that our village remains a green oasis in Maidstone!

Public consultation on the plan will commence on Friday 16th October and closes at 5pm on Friday 27th November 2020. Representations received after the closing date will not be considered. The Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents are available to view and download on our website www.othampc.org.uk or at https://localplan.maidstone.gov.uk/home/neighbourhood-planning

A representation Guidance Note has been produced by MBC and outlines what your representation must include. It is available to view and download at: https://localplan.maidstone.gov.uk/home/neighbourhood-planning

Representations must be made in writing (including electronic) to one of the following addresses:

•By email to neighbourhoodplanning@maidstone.gov.uk

•Or by post to Strategic Planning, Maidstone Borough Council, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone, Kent ME15 6JQ.

Representations will be considered alongside the Neighbourhood Development Plan by an independent Examiner. Representations may include a request to be notified of the Borough Council's decision following a referendum and/or when the Neighbourhood Plan is made.

All representations will be publicly available. All personal data will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation. Your information will only be processed for the analysis of consultation responses.