Government response

Planning application in Lodge Hill, Medway

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Government response to campaigns for the government to call-in a planning application for 5,000 homes on the Lodge Hill site in Medway.

There have been a number of campaigns by organisations including the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds for the government to ‘call-in’ a planning application for 5,000 new homes on the Lodge Hill site in Medway.

A ‘call-in’ involves Whitehall taking a decision away from the elected local council and this being made by a planning minister.

Only a small minority of such cases are called-in each year, generally where there is a wider national impact. This request for a call-in is being carefully considered with due process – but this should not be confused with a decision on the merits of the substantive application.

Given the Secretary of State’s membership of the RSPB, the quasi-judicial decision will be made by a different planning minister in line with standard propriety guidance.