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 present the most up to date evidence based information and ensure community engagement and consultation.

    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 - completed
    Issues and Options Report July 2018 to April 2020 - completed
    Preferred Options Report October to December 2022 - completed
    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

    What stage is the New Local Plan at now?

    The Council has now completed the Preferred Options consultation stage. The consultation took place during October to December 2022, finishing at 12 noon on Monday 12 December 2022.

    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 were 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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