Ebbsfleet Development Corporation - The Ebbsfleet Development Corporation(EDC) took on powers to determine planning applications for sites falling within its area, including Ebbsfleet Valley and Swanscombe Peninsula on 1st July 2015. More information is available on how this affects planning applications in the EDC area. The EDC applies Dartford's Local Plan documents for applications within the Borough boundary.
London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH) is promoting the London Resort on Swanscombe Peninsula, within Dartford Borough. LRCH. As this is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project the planning application is not determined by the local planning authority.
A planning application has now been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate and the application has been accepted by the Secretary of State for Examination. Details of the process of examination and the application documents can be found on the National Infrastructure Planning website:
Further information can also be found on the promoter's website
Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project:
As a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project a decision will be made on the proposal by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government following examination of the proposals and opportunities for the public and stakeholders to have their say. The application for the proposal is submitted to the Planning Inspectorate and the Planning Act 2008 lays down a strict timetable for the process of consideration and consultation.
The Planning Inspectorate have published advice notes on the process and how the public can get involved in the process, which can be accessed via the above website.
The Borough Council's role:
Although not the decision-making body for this planning application process, the Borough Council has a formal role as a host authority. The Borough Council has the opportunity to submit a Local Impact Report to the examining body for the application. The Council will also need to answer questions that the examining body will have and will make comment and representations during the examining process. The Borough Council will continue with their planning role to seek to ensure that adverse impacts on the surrounding area are minimised and where unavoidable are managed properly. They will also be seeking to ensure that the benefits to the surrounding area are focussed and managed properly where appropriate.