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 prepared the 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 undertook a ‘Pre-Submission’ consultation regarding whether we have met the legal requirements, tests of ‘soundness’ and the ‘duty to cooperate’ with other bodies. This consultation ended on 3rd June. We received 521 responses from 137 individuals and organisations, thank you to everyone who took part. Since consultation, the responses received have been carefully reviewed and we have started to prepare a draft schedule of modifications which will be submitted along with the Pre-Submission Local Plan.
We are pleased to report the Local Plan remains on track to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in August 2019. We remain hopeful that the Examination in Public will be held in Autumn 2019 with a final adoption of the Plan in Spring 2020.
Once we have submitted to the Planning Inspectorate, we will update our website accordingly. This will include an ‘Examination’ webpage, a Core Document Library, details of the appointed Planning Inspector and Programme Officer contact details.
Timeline of the Local Plan - click to see larger image