Kent Reinventing the Structure Plan

Planning Resource

Authorities in Kent are considering whether to cooperate on county-wide strategic planning issues, according to a council leader.

Paul Carter, leader of Kent County Council, told a conference that planning authorities and the county are “reinventing” Kent’s structure plan.

Structure plans were drawn up by county councils and covered strategic issues above the local level such as housing and transport infrastructure.

They were swept away by the previous Labour government in 2004 and replaced with regional plans, in turn abolished by the coalition.

Carter, speaking at a garden cities conference in Ebbsfleet, said: “We are trying to get coherence around the sense of a place called Kent and Medway and how local plans fit into that larger template. That’s a work in progress, supported by the 12 districts and boroughs in Kent.”