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Marden Neighbourhood Plan 2017-2031

Neighbourhood Plans are prepared by members of a community to guide the future development of their community.  Marden Neighbourhood Plan (MNP) has been developed over a number of years by the Parish Council and members of the community to create a forward looking vision for Marden.  Many of you will have attended open days held by MNP, read articles in the Parish Newsletter and seen us at events like Picnic in the Park where you have given us your views.  These have been taken into account in the formulation of our plan, along with the adopted Maidstone Borough Council Local Plan. 

A resounding “yes” was received at the Referendum held on 27th February 2020 to the proposed MNP and many thanks to those residents who supported this important planning document. Under Section 38A (4) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, the plan had to be made by the Council within 8 weeks of the referendum result. Because of the current exceptional circumstances, confirmation that the MNP was now part of the Maidstone Development Plan was delayed. 

However, on 15th July 2020, at a Full Council meeting, Maidstone Borough Council resolved to make (adopt) the Marden Neighbourhood Development Plan (2017-2031) under Section 38A (4) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended). The Marden Neighbourhood Plan forms part of the statutory development plan for Maidstone Borough. Consequently the plan will be used to determine planning applications in the Marden plan area.

The decision statement and the made Marden Neighbourhood Development Plan can be viewed on the Maidstone Borough Council website here:

Thank you to everyone who helped on the work to get this Plan adopted.

The agreed Marden Neighbourhood Plan can be viewed below.