Note:This electronic version of the Local Plan has been
produced to improve accessibility to the Local Plan document. However the
printed version is the official version and takes precedence over the electronic
copy in all cases. The style of the local plan document on this website follows
the style used in the official version.
To use this interactive version of the Medway Local Plan
to its full potential it is recommended that the user reads the following
How to Use guide first.
How to Use the Interactive Local Plan
The Local Plan is divided into 2 parts; Written Statement and
Navigating around the Written Statement
Selecting the Written Statement Contents - in the header bar will
show a complete list of all the chapters and sub-headings contained
within the Local Plan. Selection of a chapter title or sub-heading
will open the Written Statement in a new window. Once this window
is open you can scroll through the chapter using either your scroll
keys on your keyboard, the scroll bar to the right of the screen
or by the scroll wheel on your mouse (if applicable). You can move
between chapters by using the buttons at the bottom of this screen
or by closing the window and reselecting from the contents menu.
Close window once finished.
Schedule of Policies
The Schedule of Policies in
the header bar gives a complete list of all the general and site
specific policies contained within the Local Plan. Selection of
a policy will open the Written Statement in a new window. You can
easily navigate through the written statement using the techniques
described in Contents above.
Navigating around the Maps
Selecting Proposals Maps in the header bar displays a map
of Medway Borough and a drop down menu will appear. Here you can either click
anywhere on the green area of Medway or select a more specific location/inset
map via the drop down menu. Either method will take you to an opening image
of the inset/proposals map, click on the image to progress into the map window.
Navigating around the ‘Map Window’
The top locator maps on the right shows the geographical
location of the main map image within Medway. The lower locator map shows
the geographical location of the main map image within the inset itself.
By selecting the drop down menu below the locator maps you
can access quick routes back to the Home, Local Plan Index, Maps Index, Written
Statement and Help Pages of the Interactive Local Plan. Also located in this
drop down menu is a link to the key page. On selection a new window will
appear showing all the colours and styles used in the mapping to represent
the policies featured within the Local Plan. This is a useful guide when
identifying policies shown on the maps, it is highly recommended that you
leave this window open while navigating the map window.
You can navigate around the
currently selected inset map by using the arrows located around
the main map image. By clicking on these the next map tile in that
direction will appear. For moving larger distances you can click
on either of the two locator maps to the right. Please note that
any movement of the main map image will be correspondingly matched
by the blue locators on the locator maps.
Hovering your mouse over the
main map image produces a tip tag, indicating what policies apply
to the relevant position of your mouse. By clicking at that position
you will open a new window with a listing of all policies for that
location. By selecting each one in turn the relevant text will appear.
Use the back button in your web browser to return to the listing.
Polygons within polygons
This issue is most easily explained
by the use of an example. Policy H11 relates to minor residential
development in rural settlements and this is attached to the village
boundary for all those rural settlements listed in policy H11.
Within the settlement boundary, some settlements have polygons relating
to other policies such as policy H1 for new residential development
and policy L3 for protected open space in the case of Hoo St Werbugh.
As it is not possible to ’cookie cut’ polygons within polygons,
this means that if the L3 polygon is selected, the H11 policy will
also be listed as applying.
The general rule is that for
polygons within polygons, the internal polygon predominates and
therefore in the example given the L3 allocation for the protection
of open space should be given the greater weight as applying to
See below for a visual guide
to navigation around the map window.
A visual guide to navigation around the map window can
be viewed by clicking here...... Guide to using maps