Committee details

Local Plan Update Cabinet Advisory Group

Purpose of committee


The Thanet Local Plan was adopted in July 2020. A review of the adopted Plan was carried out during 2020 (in accordance with the Inspectors’ recommendations), and a new work programme (the Local Development Scheme)(LDS) was agreed by Cabinet on 17 December 2020, and published in January 2021.


The LDS identifies a range of issues to be considered:

1.  The implications of climate change; including the outcomes from the work of the Climate Emergency Working Group, where relevant;

2.  The provision of publicly-accessible electric vehicle charging points;

3.  Ensure a robust policy relationship between biodiversity “net gain”; woodland protection/planting; green infrastructure and the Council’s proposed Tree Strategy;

4.  Update Environment Strategy policies as necessary, depending on the progress of the Environment Bill and Kent Environment Strategies;

5.  The implications of the Local Housing Need Methodology on housing requirements for the district;

6.  Guidance on type and size of dwellings may require updating;

7.  The provision of Gypsy & Traveller sites to meet identified requirements;

8.  Update the provisions of the Plan in relation to Manston Airport in the light of any decision on the Development Consent Order;

9.  Identify additional employment land, as required;

10.  Review the homeworking policy to assess whether any update needed in the light of a potentially significant shift to flexible/remote working;

11.  Incorporate any decision in relation to the future of Port Ramsgate;

12.  Address any planning implications arising from the Council’s community wealth-building programme;

13.  Update retail floorspace figures for town centres;

14.  Some Town Centre policies may need amending in the light of changing Government guidance and other changes to the planning system;

15.  Incorporate key policy aspects from the proposed Westwood SPD fully into the Plan;

16.  Some infrastructure policies (for example, transport; health and education) may need updating, depending on the scale and location of new housing;

17.  Consider the evidence for a possible policy relating to hot food takeaways, in relation to local public health impacts;

18.  Identify possible resilience/design measures to address COVID or similar threats to the social and economic life of the district; and

19.  Ensure new and revised policies address the Government's policy guidance in the NPPF and nPPG.


This would be a partial update of the Local Plan, not a full update. This reflects the adoption of the Thanet Local Plan in July 2020, and the relatively narrow scope of issues identified by the Examination Inspectors, as well as the specific issues identified through the NPPF/PPG “scoping” exercise and the matters identified by the Group.

Other issues may emerge during the update process.


Purpose of the Local Plan Update Cabinet Advisory Group


·  To consider the detailed matters identified in the LDS, but not necessarily limited to those matters;

·  To receive and consider the available evidence in relation to these matters;

·  To consider the options for the Plan; and

·  To advise Cabinet of the views expressed by the Group.


Membership, Chairmanship and Quorum

Number of Members


Political Composition

3 Labour;

3 Conservative;

1 Thanet Independent;

1 Green;

1 Independent.



Political Balance Rules Apply



By the Leader of the Council


Non-executive Members only


Leader of the Council (or a Member appointed  by the Leader)



Number of Meeting

Ad hoc 


Terms of Reference


The Terms of Reference are:


1.  To receive and consider reports and evidence in relation to the matters set out in the LDS;

2.  To consider the policy and development options for addressing these issues;

3.  In their considerations, the Group should have regard to compliance with the relevant legislation, government policy and guidance, to the other parts of the Development Plan for the area and to all other material considerations;

4.  The Group will receive briefings from Officers in the update process about key issues and outcomes from evidence-gathering and discussions with stakeholders;

5.  Following the final meeting of the Cabinet Advisory Group, the key findings/ conclusions/recommendations of the Group in relation to the Reg 18 consultation will be presented to Cabinet.



The work of the CAG is restricted to the stated terms of reference highlighted above unless they are reviewed by the Leader.


This Cabinet Advisory Group was established through terms of reference approved by an Individual Cabinet Member decision made by the Leader of Council on 09 March 2021.