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Local Development Scheme (LDS)

The Local Development Scheme document provides a project plan identifying which local development documents will be produced, in what order and when. It outlines the details and timetable for the production of all documents that make up the Local Plan over a three-year period. The latest LDS was published in October 2022 and is available to download below.

The Basingstoke and Deane Local Plan (2011–2029) was adopted in May 2016. National guidance promotes the concept of an on-going cycle of plan making and review, which is reinforced by the statutory requirement to review Plans every five years. Following a review which considered changes to national planning policy and also local priorities and circumstances, the council took the decision to update the current adopted Local Plan.

The first major public consultation on the LPU concluded in late 2020. The non-statutory consultation focused on key issues and options for the update. More information can be found by visiting our Issues and Options Consultation page.

A revised timetable for updating the Local Plan (as of September 2023) is outlined below. Please continue to review this page for the most up to date information.

Milestone and explanation of milestone Date/Expected date
Potential Issues and Options consultation

The Issues and Options consultation represented the first public consultation stage in the update process, this is a non-statutory stage of consultation.
Consultation on draft Plan (Regulation 18)

This statutory stage includes a six week consultation on a draft Plan, which will set out the council’s preferred strategy for accommodating future growth. Comments made at this stage will help to shape the next stage of the Plan
Winter 2023/24 (January)
Publication of Submission Draft Local Plan (Regulation 19)

This involves the publication of the Plan in a form which the council believes to be sound and which it intends to submit for examination. This stage includes a further six week consultation period. Comments must specifically relate to the legal compliance and soundness of the plan.
Winter 2024/25
Submission (Regulation 22)

This is when the plan is submitted by the council to the Secretary of State. The evidence base and the representations made during the Submission Plan consultation are also provided to the Secretary of State. The Examination of the Local Plan starts at this point.
Spring 2025
Examination and Main Modifications

The examination involves an independent Planning Inspector testing the plan for legal compliance and soundness. This process includes an examination in public when public hearings are held.
Summer 2025

The final stage in the process is the formal adoption of the Plan by the council. Once adopted it forms part of the development plan for the area and will guide future development.
Winter 2025/26

A significant number of neighbourhood plans have also been made or are being developed across the Borough. These also form part of the borough’s Development Plan, guiding development in specific parishes. Read more information on Neighbourhood Plans.


PDF document Local Development Scheme - October 2022(PDF) [622 kb]

Local Plan Update graphic

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