On 5 April 2018 DEFRA published the Government's response to its November 2017 consultation exercise on the development of a national policy statement. This is of particular interest for the Kent and Medway area as the area is short of water and has much planned development.
The next stages are a current consultation (closing on 26 April 2018) on the infrastructure types and sizes that will be included in the Planning Act 2008. Later in 2018 the Government will hold a formal consultation exercise on a draft National Policy Statement.
Further information on the consultation outcome can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/consultations/developing-a-national-policy-statement-for-water-resources-and-proposed-amendments-to-the-planning-act-2008
Further information on the consultation on the infrastructure types and sizes can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/consultations/national-policy-statement-for-water-resources-infrastructure-types-and-sizes