What is a Local Plan
A Local Plan sets out a vision and a framework for the future development of an area. It is drawn up by a Local Planning Authority in consultation with its community, providing a platform for local people to shape their future surroundings. It will look at, and define, how development including housing, business construction and infrastructure (roads and facilities, for example) can best benefit the area a council is responsible for.
In England, the 'plan-led' approach to the regulation of land and development, places Local Plans at the heart of the town and country planning system. Under this system, Local Plans form part of the statutory 'development plan' for an area, setting out planning policies and proposals for new development, and serving as the starting point for determining local planning applications.
Why we need a Local Plan
If we do not have a Local Plan, development will still take place but, without our own planning policies, we will be less able to ensure the schools, open spaces, and road upgrades that are needed to support development are part of the planning approval process.
Have your say
Following a series of consultations, informing a review of the Local Plan, a draft version is now moving to a final public pre-submission consultation this autumn. This is running from Wednesday 27 September, to Wednesday 22 November. See our current consultation page to find out how you can have your say on the draft Local Plan.