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Draft Plan Consultation

Draft Consultation

The Neighbourhood Plan for Cliffe and Cliffe Woods has reached the Draft Consultation Stage (Regulation 14). The consultation will run from 1st December 2020 to 26th January 2021. Consultation is carried out with local residents and a list of 'statutory consultees' and the responses will be reviewed and changes made to the plan as necessary before it is submitted to Medway Councill for examination by a Planning Inspector and then after final changes are made it will go to a referendum of local residents and if approved, becomes planning policy for any future planning applications. 


Due to the lack of a 2-5 year housing land supply in the Medway Council area, there have been speculative proposals in the Cliffe and Cliffe Woods Parish Council Area. Although the emerging Medway Local Plan had looked at the potential for development in our area, the constraints of the B2000, the perceived lack of community infrastructure (doctors, shops, affordable public transport) and international, national, regional, local environmental designations were reasons to limit local development. But due to the lack of a Medway Local Plan and national government planning policies, that set a very high demand on housing land (and increased pressure if the housing demand did not reach set targets),  pressure for development increased.

Although a Neighbourhood Plan cannot prevent development, it can set the criteria that would need to be met for any local developments - highlighting the local pressures that already exist and the impact of further development that would need to be overcome. Local Residents views were a key part of the Neighbourhood Plan's development.

Local Consultation

A leaflet will be delivered to every house in Cliffe/Cliffe Woods and Cooling Street (and available on this website see below)

A webinar was held (online) 8th December 7 to 8:30pm (and you can now view the recording)

Drop-in sessions will be held on 7th January 2021 at Cliffe Woods Community Centre (1-3pm) and 14th January 2021 at the Memorial Hall, Church Street, Cliffe (1-3pm) so you can meet with members of the Steering Group and discuss the plan.

Due to COVID19 restrictions there will be a limit on numbers at any one time so there could be queuing.



Complete the Response questionnaire. It can also be printed, completed and sent or delivered to the Clerk, Cliffe and Cliffe Woods Parish Council, 42 Quickrells Avenue, Cliffe, ME3 7RB. or email

Hi-definition versions of the files can be displayed using the following Link:

Hi-Resolution Versions (not for regular displays) (Including Maps for clearer display)

The Steering Group: Thanks go to the dedicated C&CW Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group for the extensive work that has been carried out to document Cliffe and Cliffe Woods, the local issues and developing the policies to protect and enhance the area, 

Chris Fribbins (Chair), Cllr Sue McDermid, Cllr Fred Harper, Cllr Annette Cooper, Frank Withers, Dave Green, Roger Brown, Dianne Foreman, Di Harper, The Emmanuel Centre, The Memorial Hall, Cliffe Woods Community Centre and the support of Cliffe and Cliffe Woods Parish Council and Medway Council

and the professional advice of Lorraine Hart (Planning Consultant, Community Land Use) and Jim Boot (Community Planner)