Draft 5 Year Plan

The 5 Year Plan (our strategic statement) is our flagship strategy. It unites the council with clear outcomes and objectives.

In 2019 - 20, we asked for your views to help make Kent the best place to live, work, play, learn and invest in.

The Leader, Roger Gough, talks about the importance of your views on the draft 5 Year Plan.

Read the video transcript.

To shape a draft plan, we used feedback from:

  • Kent residents
  • young people
  • businesses
  • voluntary and community sector organisations
  • our staff
  • elected members
  • our partners across public services.

We have heard about what is important to quality of life in Kent and what people’s priorities are.

Based on what we have heard, we have developed a draft plan. The plan shapes what we will do, what we will prioritise spending money on and how we will work together with our partners over the next 5 years.

The plan sets out 7 draft outcomes for Kent:

Enterprise and investment

Making Kent an ambitious and successful county, with high quality jobs, skilled workers, enterprising businesses and thriving town centres and rural areas.

Securing sustainable infrastructure

As Kent grows, working with partners to put in place the infrastructure that communities need, including roads, school places and utilities.

Connected transport and communities

Keeping Kent’s roads and pavements well maintained and safe, keeping traffic flowing and improving public transport so everyone can get around the county.

A cleaner and greener Kent

Keeping our streets, towns and parks tidy and clean, protecting the green areas and coasts that make Kent so special and leading the way on tackling the climate emergency.

Stronger and safer Kent communities

Continuing to bring communities together so everyone feels involved and supported and working with partners to make sure everyone feels and stays feeling safe.

Opportunities for children and young people

Giving children the best start in life, providing effective early help when families need it and making sure every young person gets the education, skills and experiences they need for a successful future.

Quality health, care and support

Helping people to live well, working with partners to improve people’s physical and mental health and resilience and providing quality social care when people need it.

Each outcome has a set of more specific objectives that we will work with partners to deliver. We will also stand up for Kent’s interests with government.

Now we are keen to hear your thoughts about it so we can make changes before publishing the final version.

Public consultation

The consultation ran from the 6 January to the 17 February 2020.

We sought your views on:

  • how well the 7 draft outcomes reflect what is important to your quality of life
  • how well the draft objectives will help us to deliver each of these outcomes.

The consultation material is available to view on our consultation directory.

We are now bringing together a ‘You Said, We Did’ report which will include an analysis of the engagement and consultation feedback and KCC’s response to this. This will be published on the consultation website. This report will be presented to our Corporate Management Team, our Cabinet and County Council in February and March 2020 as part of the approval process.

We will also be bringing together a shorter summary document of the final 5 year plan.

Update September 2020

We have carefully analysed the responses to the 5 Year Plan consultation. Unfortunately due to the huge and unprecedented impact of coronavirus, it has been necessary to pause the development of the 5 Year Plan while we take stock of the new circumstances that Kent is faced with in responding to and recovering from the pandemic.

The priorities that came out from the 5 Year Plan consultation remain highly relevant and will continue to inform our future thinking and planning. An interim strategic plan is due to be presented to County Council later in the year, which will set out more detail about our short-term objectives. We will continue to listen to the views and ideas of residents in order to shape our priorities and plans going forward and all consultation opportunities will be advertised on our website.