Vision and Objectives

Overarching Vision

Dover District in 2040 will be a place of aspiration, providing outstanding opportunities for sustainable living. Through careful stewardship of its world class landscapes and wealth of historic sites, it will be a destination of choice for people of all ages to make their home, for businesses to invest in and for visitors to explore and experience. Community spirit will be strong amongst the residents of the district, with an increased sense of health and wellbeing.

Prosperous Economy

The local economy will be prosperous and diverse, harnessing the world class potential of Discovery Park and building upon key sectors of life sciences, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and logistics, as well as local entrepreneurial talent. The District will have attracted new businesses of all scales, with 21st century infrastructure, unrivalled transport connections with London and Europe, alongside home working facilities.

Dover will be a district that visitors want to spend time in, taking advantage of a diverse range of high-quality accommodation, attractions and unique experiences building upon the globally important Dover Castle and the iconic White Cliffs.

Vibrant Communities

New developments will blend seamlessly with the existing townscapes to embody the best of local distinctiveness and will have created places that are well-designed and well-built. Built to local design codes, they will respect the spectacular natural environments and rich heritage of the District. New housing will enhance towns and villages, delivering a balanced and resilient housing market, a supply of new homes that meets people’s needs and where affordable and local housing is prioritised.

Residents will have access to healthy lifestyle opportunities that the district’s high-quality countryside and maritime landscapes provide, including extensive and attractive public green spaces and an enhanced network of dedicated walking and cycling routes, as well as improved educational opportunities and leisure and community services.

Thriving Places

Dover town will be thriving, with a strong core of local shops and services, a flourishing port, and regenerated areas of existing housing. Sensitive restoration of elements of its rich heritage, will enhance the attractiveness of the town, while improved connections to its seafront will have been delivered by high quality design and investment in place making.

The distinctive historic environments of the towns of Deal and Sandwich will be protected and enhanced, their economies benefiting from a wide range of local businesses and services as well as investment in culture.

The rural villages of the District will continue to enrich the landscapes here, with improved community facilities and housing opportunities, enabling more young people to stay and contribute to the communities where they grew up.

Spectacular and Sustainable Environment

Above all, its enviable countryside and coastal environments will define the district. The climate change emergency will have delivered increased opportunities for local food production, extensive tree planting, and the adoption of sustainable design and construction methods.  From the iconic White Cliffs to the nationally valued chalk downlands of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), habitats will have been protected and enhanced. Air quality and biodiversity will have been improved, as the District achieves significant progress to becoming net zero carbon.

Strategic Objectives

The vision for the Dover Local Plan 2040 is supported by strategic objectives. These follow the main themes within the vision, with the addition of cross-cutting objectives, and are linked to specific chapters within the plan.

Prosperous Economy

  • To grow and diversify the Dover District economy by making it an attractive and competitive place to start, grow and invest in a broad range of businesses, attracting more and better jobs and attracting and retaining working age people.
  • To support opportunities to strengthen the role of Dover, Deal and Sandwich Town Centres through their diversification, enhancement and improvements to the public realm.
  • To provide a range of high-quality tourism facilities and accommodation, which facilitate the growth of the tourism sector, and encourage longer staying visits.

These strategic objectives relate to the following Local Plan Chapters: Employment and the Local Economy, Retail and Town Centres and Transport and Infrastructure.

Vibrant Communities

  • To provide greater choice of high-quality housing to meet the needs of Dover District’s growing population and changing demographic, and address affordability issues.
  • To focus new development at accessible and sustainable locations which can utilise existing infrastructure, facilities and services, and to ensure development contributes to the sustainability of local communities and services, supporting regeneration and wherever possible make the best use of brownfield land.
  • To ensure that new buildings and spaces are of the highest design quality, to create attractive, inclusive, healthy places which promote local distinctiveness and a sense of place.
  • To provide new and improved community infrastructure and assets, including open space and sports facilities to meet the needs of the District’s communities.

Spectacular and Sustainable Environment

  • To respond to the challenges of climate change, ensuring new development is resilient to, and mitigates against the effects of climate change, including by reducing carbon emissions, and designing development that is resilient to the effects of climate change.
  • To manage flood risk sustainably in a way that ensures the safety of residents and property, and take opportunities to reduce flood risk where possible.
  • To conserve or enhance the designated and undesignated heritage assets of the District in a manner appropriate to their significance, recognising their intrinsic value as a finite resource as well as their contribution to the character of the District and their positive role in regeneration of the District.
  • To conserve and enhance the district’s biodiversity, including all designated wildlife sites and priority habitats and to enhance ecological connectivity between them, delivering a net gain in biodiversity.
  • To conserve and enhance the District’s important natural landscapes and water environments, to ensure these assets can continue to be experienced and valued by residents and visitors and are protected from inappropriate development.
  • To ensure the District’s natural resources are used prudently, waste is minimised, and environmental pollution is reduced or avoided.

These strategic objectives relate to the following Local Plan Chapters: Climate Change, Natural Environment and the Historic Environment.

Cross Cutting Issues

  • To support improvements in the health and wellbeing of residents, improve quality of life for all and reduce health inequalities.
  • To improve connectivity and movement through significantly enhancing the provision of sustainable modes of transport and delivering improvements to the local and strategic road network.
  • To ensure infrastructure is delivered, in a timely manner, to support the needs of new and existing communities in the District.
  • To work with the Council’s partners to ensure that the social, environmental and economic impacts of new developments are mitigated, and that the benefits of new development are captured, to protect the District’s people and places.

Key Diagram

Dover District Key Diagram
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