Setting the Course - Our Interim Strategic Plan

Setting the Course is our Interim Strategic Plan for 2021 and the first half of 2022.

It was approved by County Council on December 10, and explains the immediate challenges we face, and the actions we will prioritise to lead Kent through 2021 and into 2022.

While the challenges facing the county are significant, there are also important opportunities to improve our services, and support the county to emerge stronger and more sustainable. In many cases the priorities set out in our Interim Strategic Plan lay the foundations for positive change in the future.

We will continue to listen to the views and ideas of residents in order to shape our priorities and plans longer term.

Read Setting the Course, our interim strategic plan (PDF, 1.8 MB)

Pausing the 5 Year Plan

During 2019 and early 2020, we developed a draft 5 Year Plan which set clear outcomes that we would aim to deliver to improve quality of life in Kent over the next 5 years. The plan was nearing completion following a careful analysis of the responses to the 5 Year Plan consultation.

Unfortunately, due to the huge and unprecedented impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), it was necessary to pause while we understood the new circumstances that Kent is faced with in responding to and recovering from the pandemic.

Many of the priorities that came out of the 5 Year Plan consultation remain highly relevant and have strongly influenced the development of the Interim Strategic Plan.

During 2021 we will begin to develop a new 5 Year Plan to set our longer-term ambitions for the county and will listen to and consult with residents, communities and businesses.

The Challenges we face

There are 5 main challenges which Kent will face over 2021 and 2022:


We face a significant budget gap and difficult decisions to make in the short-to medium-term, while maintaining a longer-term view of what is best for the county.


The economic downturn caused by coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing widespread economic impacts, while attracting investment and putting infrastructure in place to support growth remains a priority.


There is increasing demand for some of our key services, which will be made worse by the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) on Kent’s residents, particularly those that are vulnerable.


The crisis presents important opportunities to build on strengthened relationships and rethink how we work with partners to better manage demand and improve efficiency.


Tackling the climate emergency and protecting the natural environment continues to be an urgent priority, as well as investing in the built environment and creating communities to be proud of.