Local Development Scheme (LDS)

What is the 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 May 2019 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 recent changes to national planning policy, including the introduction of a new standardised methodology for local housing need, and also local priorities and circumstances, the council has taken the decision to update the current adopted Local Plan 2011-2029.

Subsequent updates to the LDS following publication

Update: September 2020

The council had originally considered undertaking initial consultation on issues and options for the plan prior to Christmas 2019. However, this will now take place in Autumn 2020 to enable a more informed consultation to take place following the completion of initial evidence base studies and delays associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. While officers have continued to actively progress the Plan during the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure timely progress, the crisis will delay the overall process and an updated timetable is provided below Technical work on the Local Plan has continued during the Covid-19 Pandemic, although a number of evidence base studies have been subject to some delay, either as a result of the capacity of consultants to meet original timescales in light of the Pandemic, or the suitability of completing studies in a lockdown situation, for example where face to face contact or site visits are required.

It is noted that this timetable may need to be reviewed further in due course following future legislative changes to the planning system which will result from the published White Paper: Planning for the Future. This webpage will continue to be updated, so please continue to review this webpage for the most up to date information.

A revised timetable for updating the Local Plan (as of September 2020) is outlined below:

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

The Issues and Options consultation would represent the first public consultation stage in the update process. This would be a non-statutory stage of consultation.
Autumn 2020
Consultation on draft Plan (Regulation 18)

This statutory stage includes a six week consultation on the 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 2021
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 2022
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 2023
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 2023

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.
Spring 2024

A 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.

We have produced a newsletter for those who are interested in the Local Plan update. Read our Local Plan update newsletter.


PDF document Local Development Scheme - May 2019(PDF) [836 kb]

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