Local Development Scheme

    The Local Development Scheme 2022 sets out the Council's work programme for the preparation of new planning policy documents, together with a description of their contents. This is updated from time to time to reflect progress with existing policy documents and the inclusion of new ones in the work programme.

    In order to provide the most up to date evidence based information and ensure comprehensive community engagement and consultation, the Preferred Option Report stage was re-scheduled and is taking place from October to December 2022.

    On 6 October 2022 the Council's Cabinet approved an updated programme for the New Local Plan 2020-2040, summarised below:-

    Process Stage Proposed Completion Date
    Commencement July 2017
    Issues and Options Report July 2018 to April 2020
    Preferred Options Report October to December 2022
    Formal publication of the proposed new plan July to September 2023
    Submission of the proposed new plan to the Planning Inspectorate November 2023
    Examination of the proposed new plan February 2024
    Adoption of the new local plan October 2024

    Why was the Local Plan 2020-2040 Preferred Options stage delayed?

    The Preferred Options stage of the Local Plan was delayed in order to include the most up to date evidence based information, such as completions and commitments as at March 2022, and avoid community engagement and consultation during the Summer holiday period. In addition, it allowed the authority to consider information on planning reforms emerging through the Government’s Levelling Up agenda.

    When is the Preferred Option consultation taking place?

    The consultation is currently under way and finishes at 12noon on Monday 12 December 2022.

    Will any other dates in the timetable change?

    No. At this stage it is anticipated that the rest of the Local Plan timetable will meet the dates set out above, following on from the Preferred Options consultation stage.

    What stage is the New Local Plan at now?

    The Council is currently preparing for the Preferred Options consultation stage.

    Where can I find out more information about the New Local Plan?

    Can I still submit a site for consideration through the New Local Plan?

    The Call for Sites process is still open, and we are currently accepting new submissions - Call for Sites (including Brownfield Land) - Consultation

    Sites submitted before 30 June 2022 will be considered through the Preferred Option process. Any site submitted after this date will be considered at the next stage of the Plan.

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