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Marden NP Referendum

Marden Neighbourhood Plan Referendum will be held on Thursday 27th February 2020.  This will be similar to an election, but with Yes or No boxes, and polling cards will be issued shortly.  The referendum will be held at Marden Memorial Hall times tbc.

The specified documents (listed below) can be inspected at:

Maidstone Borough Council, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone ME15 6JQ between the hours of 9am and 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4.30pm on Fridays.

Marden Parish Council Office, Goudhurst Road, Marden, TN12 9JX between the hours of 10am and 12 noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

The specified documents are:

Marden Neighbourhood Development Plan
Report of the Independent Examiner
Summary of the representations submitted to the Independent Examiner
Statement by the local planning authority that the draft plan meets the basic conditions (Decision Statement)
Statement that sets out general information as to town and country planning including neighbourhood planning and the referendum (Information for Votes).

All the above documents can be viewed on Maidstone Borough Council's website at https://www.maidstone.gov.uk/home/primary-services/planning-and-building/primary-areas/local-plan-information/tier-3-additional-areas/neighbourhood-plans or below


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.  Once The Marden Neighbourhood Plan is adopted it will form part of the development plan that must be used when all planning decisions affecting Marden are made.

Marden Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group is pleased to report that the response from the Independent Examiner was very positive and after a few amendments the document has been submitted to Maidstone Borough Council.  The document was put before MBC Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Committee on 19th November 2019 when it was given unanimous approval to proceed to the referendum stage. 

The amended documents can be viewed below