The council's Local Plan, which was adopted in 2016, is currently being updated to ensure it remains up to date and delivers national and local objectives.
The purpose of the Local Plan is to provide a planning policy framework to direct growth and change to appropriate locations and therefore achieve sustainable development to create places people want to live, work and locate their businesses. The plan covers all types of development, from housing to employment, schools, roads, parks, shops and community facilities, The Local Plan also includes a range of planning policies to inform the location, scale and appearance of developments. When adopted it will form part of the Development Plan for the area.
National guidance promotes the concept of an on-going cycle of plan making and review, which is reinforced by a legal requirement to review Plans every five years. Following a review, which considered changes to national planning policy, the council took the decision to update the current adopted Local Plan. An updated plan will look longer into the future, covering the period up to at least 2040, and will ensure that the borough's needs are met over this longer period. It will also enable key objectives of the council, such as tackling climate change and ensuring the protection of enhancement of our environment to be embedded into the plan.
We are required to publish a Local Development Scheme (LDS) to set out which planning documents will be produced and when.
The council undertook its first non-statutory Issues and Options stage in late 2020. Find out more information on the consultation and the responses received.
A number of evidence base documents to support the Local Plan update have also been completed. These cover a variety of issues from landscape impact to water quality. View the published documents online.
The Local Plan Update includes a number of policies that aim to improve protection for our natural environment, including rivers, place a key focus on regeneration, support local communities and ensure better designed homes are built.
A working group comprising Councillors from all Groups met twice in September 2023 to provide feedback on the latest draft of the policies. You can view minutes of these meetings below:
In addition, the Conservative Group provided written comments, which can be viewed below:
Delivering the right amount of housing for the borough is important and the Cabinet has put forward a ‘stepped trajectory’ approach.
This would see the government figure of building 850 homes a year reduced to around 700 a year from 2025 for the first five years of the plan, before stepping up for the remainder of the 20 year Plan period.
The Spatial Strategy of the Local Plan Update sets out where new housing developments should be located. The Spatial Strategy was debated by the council’s Economic, Planning and Housing (EPH) Committee in September 2023. You can find more information about this meeting, including the latest draft of the Spatial Strategy
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