Monitoring Medway: 2023 Edition
Looking at the latest data to see how Medway has changed in the past year
In December Medway Council published its annual Monitoring Report. It’s a lengthy read, so like last year, we’re going through it to find all of the essential data we can learn from it. Unhelpfully, the report uses Indices of Deprivation data from 2019, which we have written about before here, and the next release is expected late in 2025, so you can look forward to that uplifting piece in your future.
Medway’s Monitoring Report is produced annually and overviews the development of Medway through economic, social, and environmental data. The latest report presents information for the period April 2022 to March 2023. It is predominantly a document about progress towards meeting the development and regeneration of Medway.
Inevitably, the Local Plan features prominently. Front and centre of this is Medway’s Strategic Transport Assessment (STA) involves testing future scenarios in a traffic model to support the preparation of the new Local Plan. It has engaged with National Highways, Kent County Council and neighbouring local planning authorities and will be published in due course. You can look forward to a reflection of the STA in the future, knowing that your paid subscriptions help make it happen.
The first area in the Monitoring Report to be covered is regarding Housing Delivery. However, an update has not been published due to the delay in government data releases. As such, the information is the same as 2022. We’re off to a great start here.
The current Standard Method formula for calculating Local Housing Need indicates a need for 1,667 homes a year in Medway. For 2022/23, we were 717 dwellings below the requirement. 56% of all residential completions were on previously developed land (PDL), slightly undermining the argument that our countryside is being concreted over. With Medway being on track to be tens of thousands of properties in deficit, it would appear that future home ownership for the editor of this mighty organ is unlikely.
“The council continues to promote Medway as a successful and attractive place in which to live, work, learn and visit.” - Medway Monitoring Report 2023
Is it though? Let’s go good news truffle hunting.