Planning Policy Updates
Local Plan Review - New Timetable
Following discussions with our Elected Members, we now have a new timetable for our Local Plan review. This means that consultation on the next stage of the review, Preferred Options, has been moved to Summer 2021. Consultation is a very important part of the Local Plan review process, and we will use this extra time to review new and updated evidence, and to fully consider the representations made. The Preferred Options stage will include new sites for development and new and revised planning policies. You can see the full timetable in our Local Development Scheme.
Interactive Local Plan Map
See our new Interactive Local Plan Map which shows Local Plan policies, including Green Belt, and other designations such as open spaces.
We receive many proposals from individuals, planning agents and developers for land for inclusion in our Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA). This can be a result of our regular Calls for Sites, or on an ad hoc basis. All sites that are suggested to us are added to our SHELAA so that we have a public record of available land.
The SHELAA therefore provides an evidence base of potential sites to inform the Local Plan review. It does not make policy decisions on future housing or employment allocations.
The inclusion of sites in the SHELAA does not mean they are likely to be developed, or that the Council would view applications on these sites favourably.
Sometimes information submitted to the Council can be taken out of context. To help clarify issues and respond to concerns we have published some FAQs below which we hope will answer many of the questions that arise.
Keeping in Touch
It is much quicker and easier for us to keep you informed by email. If you have made comments on any of our consultations previously you will be on our database and we will automatically contact you to keep you informed of local planning matters, including the SAD. Please complete the form below to receive automatic updates on the Local Plan review and other planning policy matters.
The Strategic Planning Team manages and maintains a register of persons who have an interest in local planning documents (Local Plan Database); those who wish to register land for future development on our Self and Custom Build Register and/or Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA); and regarding Empty Properties. In order to do this in an effective way we will need to collect and use personal information about you. For more information about how we process this data see Strategic Planning Team - Data Protection.
Telephone: (01902) 696000