New Local Plan 2015-35

We are in the process of preparing a new Local Plan for the District, which will cover the period 2015-35.

The new Local Plan will be clear that the Green Belt will continue to be protected.

In order to do so, new housing will need to be accommodated, at higher densities, within existing settlement boundaries (or under the existing rural exceptions sites policy) other than in the following cases:

  • Where the development will result in the sustainable re-use of brownfield land in the Green Belt 
  • Where a convincing 'exceptional circumstances' case can be made in accordance with national policy

The new Local Plan will provide the overarching principles that will shape the development of the District up to 2035. The policies within the Plan will promote sustainable development that will meet the needs of current and future generations. The evidence base will provide local information and data which will assist in the production of a robust and up-to-date Plan. 

If you would like to be kept informed about progress on the Local Plan including future consultations, please register on the mailing list.

The proposed timetable for the production of the Plan (as set out in the Local Development Scheme) is:

  • Issues and Options consultation – late Spring / Summer 2017
  • Draft Local Plan consultation – Spring 2018
  • Pre-submission Publication – Summer 2018
  • Submission – Autumn 2018
  • Adoption – Summer 2019 

The Planning Policy team is currently working to produce an evidence base to support the new Local Plan. The following documents will inform the production of the Local Plan:

Appendix 1 – Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment methodology

Appendix 2a – Category 1 sites (sites within identified settlements)

Appendix 2b – Category 2 sites (100% brownfield sites in the Green Belt)

Appendix 2c – Category 3 sites (partial brownfield sites in the Green Belt)

Appendix 2d – Category 4 sites (greenfield sites in the Green Belt adjacent to identified settlements)

Appendix 2e – Category 5 sites (greenfield sites in the Green Belt in rural locations)

Appendix 3 – Sites with pending or existing permissions

Appendix 4 – Review of ADMP allocations

Appendix 5 – Sites withdrawn from the Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment process

A Sustainability Appraisal / Strategic Environmental Assessment (SA/SEA) is being prepared concurrently with the Local Plan.

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