Gravesham Local Plan

A Development Plan (or Local Plan) sets out the planning policies that guide development in the borough. By law, we must decide planning applications in accordance with our Local Plan, while also taking into account any material considerations.

The Local Plan Core Strategy is the main document in the Gravesham Local Plan. Its role is to:

  • Set out a long-term vision for the future of Gravesham based on evidence of what's needed to support communities and also what makes Gravesham a distinctive and attractive place to live and work.
  • Guide the amount, type, location and detailed design of future development and provide a consistent basis against which we can decide planning applications.
  • Support other priorities such as our regeneration proposals, investment in infrastructure, our work to support local businesses and encourage job creation and our efforts to promote healthy communities.

The Local Plan Core Strategy and Policies Map can be downloaded using the following links:

Please note that we need to interpret policies CS18 (Climate Change) and CS19 (Development and Design Principles) in accordance with the new housing technical standards.

View the new Housing Standards Policy Statement

Local Plan 5 Year Review

National Planning Policy Framework (2019) sets out that policies within adopted local plans should be reviewed to assess whether they need updating once every five years, and updated as necessary. Reviews should be completed no later than 5 years from the adoption date of a plan.

The Borough’s Local Plan Core Strategy was adopted by the Council on 30 September 2014. 

Read the Local Plan 5 Year Review

Planning Inspector's Report

The Local Plan Core Strategy was examined by an independent planning inspector, Nigel Payne BSc (Hons), Dip TP, MRTPI, MCMI.

The Planning Inspector's examined our Local Plan Core Strategy, and made recommended main modifications.

View the planning inspector's report

Further information

The Local Plan Core Strategy examination documents, including the technical studies, the matter statements and the examination information are all available on our Evidence page.

If you'd like further advice or information, please contact the Planning Policy Team on 01474 337603 or email