Medway Council was established in 1998 and is one of the largest unitary authorities in England, providing all local government services. Medway Council took over delivery of the Hoo Peninsula case study from Greening the Gateway Kent and Medway (GGKM) when GGKM ceased operating in April 2014. This followed from the council's earlier work with GGKM on the GIFT-T! programme.
The council is currently developing a new local plan, that will set out the strategic priorities for development on the Hoo Peninsula. The plan covers housing, commercial premises, transport infrastructure and the protection for the local environment. Participating in the GIFT-T! programme provides an excellent basis to inform and shape green infrastructure planning, enhancing the area’s environmental assets alongside economic and social growth.
The GIFT-T! work for the Medway Local Plan is focussed on the assessment of green infrastructure on the Hoo Peninsula, and designing responses in conjunction with local stakeholders, to promote the delivery of new projects.