How to comment on Swale's Pick Your Own Consultation

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01 Mar 2011
The details of how to comment are at the bottom of the page. Here are some things to consider when doing so. Consultation ends 14th March.

In brief Bapchild Parish Council considers

  • The employment growth targets in all options are unachieveable, a view echoed by KCC.
  • That housing growth is based on scrapped targets and that no low growth option exists
  • That improving the existing junction 5 on the M2 to be the number one transport priority, the Council plan to do nothing other than a study
  • Whether we should complete the Northern Relief Road, the purpose of which was to direct traffic to the M2 via the A249, and not as is current suggested to justify aspirations for a Southern Relief Road
  • That there is no economic case for expanding the Kent Science Park, growth predictions haven't materialised over the last 7 years and now the pfizer complex at Sandwich will pose serious competition.
  • That no further housing should be located in Bapchild or in the vicinity of Bapchild in the plan period. Stone Farm equates to 130% expansion of our village and it cannot be sustainable to increase the scope of the village beyond this point in such a short time-frame. 
Please also see artilce on the Council's four options 

Housing Facts

  • As of 2006 there are 53,200 houses in Swale
  • To satisfy our natural growth we need 9,500 additional houses to 2031
  • The Council have added a further 4,000 houses in options 1,2 and 3 for inward migration
  • Option 4 adds a further 5,000 houses for Kent Science Park
  • 20 year average (1990 to 2010) is 541 houses per annum which equates to options 1, 2 and 3
  • Figures shown on consultation are between 2006 and 2031 i.e. 25 year period in most cases.
  • Sittingbourne and Sheppey to build Faversham’s share of housing
  • Bapchild is identified under Option 4 for approx. 2,000 additional houses (based on previous KSP plans) 

Employment Facts

  • As of 2008 there are 42,800 jobs in Swale
  • Between 1998 and 2008 jobs grew at an average of 410 per annum the 6th highest growth in Kent
  • Options 1 and 2 aim to create 18,400 jobs to 2026 which is 40% of all the labour anticipated to be created in Kent
  • Options 3 and 4 aim to create 30,500 jobs to 2026 which is 65% of all the labour anticipated to be created in Kent
  • Based on previous track record a realistic target would be to create 8,200 jobs over a 20 year period or approximately 17% of all the labour anticipated to be created in Kent
  • Because most people who move to Swale do not work here between 85% and 95% of new jobs will go to people outside of Swale.
  • Kent Science Park in options 3 and 4 to create 4,800 jobs by 2051 or just 1,800 (6%) of the 30,500 jobs to 2026.
  • Kent Science Park have created on average over the last 7 years 28 jobs per annum or 6.5% of Swale’s annual growth


How to comment

By email:

By post:

Gill Harris
Spatial Planning Policy Manager
Swale Borough Council
East Street
Kent ME10 3HT


  1. (look for the link to the Online Consultation Portal) or to go there directly
  2. At the bottom of this page there should be a list of consultations click on the title of the consultation labelled ‘Pick your own’
  3. Click on the ‘Read and comment on document’ link
  4. You can now read, print and download the main Core Strategy document, to make any comments you must register or if already registered login.