HAVE YOUR SAY - Consultations, Surveys and Questionnaires

Here you will find links to Consultations and Questionnaires that will allow you to have your say in shaping the future of our community and environment and Green Belt.


SDC Local Plan - Final Consultation; Final Phase of Consultation opened on 18 Dec 2018 and closed on 3 Feb 2019

Click here to view public responses to the Final Consultation

SDC will submit residents’ comments and the draft Local Plan to the Planning Inspector for consideration.

The final decision to approve the Local Plan will be taken by the Planning Inspector at a public examination in 2019.

If approved by the Planning Inspector, the Plan could be adopted by SDC in late 2019 then used to help determine planning applications.

Fort Halstead site development consultation

A new planning application is being prepared to bring forward a comprehensive mixed-use regeneration of the Fort Halstead site.
Click here for full details


DEFRA Consultation on Protecting and Enhancing England’s Trees and Woodlands; DEADLINE 28 February 2019

This consultation seeks views on the UK government’s proposals to introduce four new measures designed to increase transparency and accountability in the process of felling street trees and to strengthen the Forestry Commission’s power to tackle illegal tree felling. 

Two of the measures introduce new duties on local authorities: a duty to consult on the felling of street trees; a duty to report on tree felling and replanting; while the third suggests the production of best practice guidance to support local authorities in drawing up, consulting on and publishing a Tree and Woodland Strategy. The fourth measure is intended to give the Forestry Commission more powers to tackle illegal tree felling and strengthen protection of wooded landscapes.

Click here to read the consultation and complete the survey

Kent Downs AONB; DEADLINE extended to 31 March 2019

Have your say on how the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is looked after.

The Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Management Plan is being updated. This document guides us on how this nationally important landscape should be managed, conserved and enhanced for years to come.

Kent Downs AONB is asking you to let them know how you view and use the Kent Downs AONB landscape and the main threats and opportunities you see for its future.

Have your say and complete the survey by clicking here.