The new Local Plan will replace the 1996 Local Plan. It will cover the period 2011-2031 and will set targets for new homes, employment and retail development, and identify areas of land where these developments should be built. It will also consider what infrastructure is needed to support development. The Local Plan's policies will be used for making decisions on planning applications.
Cabinet approved the Proposed Submission Draft Local Plan at a meeting on Monday 26 September 2016. Public consultation on the plan started on Wednesday 19th October 2016 and ended on Wednesday 30th November 2016. Representations from that consultation can be viewed through the Councils online software.
Full Council approved the submission of the plan for examination on 11 April 2017.
What happens next
The local plan documents will be submitted to Government by the end of May 2017. From this point onwards the next stages of the plan are in the Government’s hands.
The Government will appoint a Planning Inspector to oversea an Examination in Public. This is predicted to take place in the autumn of 2017.
All of the representations from the latest consultation will be submitted in full for the Inspector’s consideration.
You can view and download the supporting evidence and technical studies for the Proposed Submission Local Plan.
Earlier consultations on the new Local Plan can be viewed by following the links below: