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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 Proposals Maps.

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 that site.

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


For further information contact:

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Email :

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Telephone :

01634 331629  Fax: 01634 331184

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Write to :

Planning Policy
Regeneration, Culture, Environment and Transformation
Medway Council
Gun Wharf
Dock Road
Medway ME4 4TR

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Minicom :

01634 333111