Marden Parish Council
Marden Neighbourhood Plan
Back in 2013, following the introduction of Neighbourhood Plans by the Localism Act 2012, Marden Parish Council held an informal meeting inviting residents and representatives along to discuss the possibility of producing a Neighbourhood Plan for the parish of Marden. This was unanimously agreed and an inaugural meeting was held to discuss the procedure.The first stage in the process involved Marden Parish Council applying to Maidstone Borough Council for determination of the Area to be covered by the plan. (See below for the parish boundary map). A six week pre-submission consultation was held before the Parish Council and the Steering Group could proceed.
After many meetings (see "Minutes of NP Steering Group" page), open days, consultations, workshops and attendance at village events a draft document and supporting documents have been produced (drafts of all these documents can be viewed on the "Draft NP Documents" page.
The draft document is now with a publisher who will put into a suitable format for the document to be formally submitted to Maidstone Borough Council along with the Consultation Statement and Basic Conditions Statement. A further six week consultation (known as Regulation 14) will then be carried out.
Following the consultation Maidstone Borough Council will submit the plan to an independent examiner for examination as soon as possible after receipt with any representations and any other documents submitted with the plan.
After the inspector has viewed the document(s) and made recommendations Maidstone Borough Council will hold a referendum with the public on whether the Neighbourhood Plan should come into force - a formal decision will then be produced and published.