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Local Development Scheme

What the Local Development Scheme is

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 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 Development Plan for Wiltshire.

Local Development Scheme March 2024

Wiltshire Local Development Scheme March 2024 (PDF) [5MB] (opens new window)

Wiltshire Local Development Scheme March 2024 accessible version (OpenDocument text format) [124KB] (opens new window)

The LDS is required to be kept up to date and was last reviewed in December 2023. This noted that the government had made progress on the reforms to the local plan making system, through the Levelling-up and Regeneration Act 2023. It updated the timeline for the Gypsies and Travellers Development Plan Document and implications of planning reforms on progressing the review of minerals and waste plans. It also updated the position with neighbourhood plans.

This LDS updates the timeline for the Local Plan review following the close of the consultation at end November 2023, and sets out an update to the timeline for the Gypsies and Travellers plan. It takes into account the government's indication that the deadline for submitting plans under the current regulations is 30 June 2025. It also updates the sections on neighbourhood plans and supplementary planning documents.

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 (March 2024). 

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