A Local Plan is a set of policies used to inform decisions on planning applications and appeals, and a local planning authority should review its Local Plan at regular intervals to assess whether some or all of it may need updating. When adopted, the plan will play an important role in shaping our future - how our towns and villages develop, protecting and enhancing our natural environment, developing our local economy, improving leisure and visitor facilities and supporting more sustainable forms of travel.
We began reviewing the Local Plan in 2016 and we are now nearly ready to submit it for examination by an independent Planning Inspector. We have prepared this Pre-Submission Local Plan in cooperation with a variety of stakeholders, taking account of views received during the public consultation in 2018.
As part of the legal requirements before we submit the Local Plan we must first undertake consultation regarding whether we have met the legal requirements, tests of ‘soundness’ and the ‘duty to cooperate’ with other bodies. This consultation runs from the 8 April until 5:00 pm on the 3 June. Our Statement of Representations Procedure provides further details about the consultation and where the documents can be inspected.
Timeline of the Local Plan - click to see larger image