What is the Local Development Scheme?
The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 as amended by the Localism Act 2011 requires the council to prepare and maintain a Local Development Scheme (LDS). The Local Development Scheme (LDS) is a three year rolling project plan for producing the local development framework (LDF).
The Wiltshire LDS sets out the Development Plan Documents (DPDs) prioritised for production by Wiltshire Council and the timetable for their preparation that will, when complete, together with other adopted documents, comprise the Local Plan for Wiltshire. It also includes information on Neighbourhood Plans that form part of the development plan for Wiltshire, as well as those at an advanced stage of preparation.
Local Development Scheme 2020
This version reflects the changing timescale for the production of the Wiltshire Local Plan Review to accommodate a further round of public consultation in 2020 and the intention to undertake a separate DPD for Gypsies and Travellers in advance of the Local Plan Review. It also updates the position on the Wiltshire Housing Site Allocations Plan and reaffirms the Council's commitment to review minerals and waste policies, setting out details of the review process.
This review of the LDS continues to address ongoing joint working with Swindon Borough Council. The Council has prepared its first iteration of a Statement of Common Ground (SOCG) with Swindon Borough Council. This acknowledges that, as set out in the previous LDS in the light of revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework, there is no longer the need to prepare a Joint Spatial Framework. The SOCG will continue to evolve during the preparation of both authorities' respective Local Plans.
The LDS does not include a timetable for the preparation of individual neighbourhood plans as the timing and delivery of these are the responsibility of the ‘qualifying bodies' which, in Wiltshire, is generally the parish councils. However, the LDS does provide a summary of those plans that have been made and which now form part of the development plan and identifies those that have progressed significantly to at least submission stage at the time of writing (January 2020).