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Draft Local Plan 2015

We have been preparing a new Local Plan for the district, which sets out where development should take place over the next 15 to 20 years. 

An independent examination of the Local Plan is now underway and further information can be found on our Local Plan Examination webpage. 

The plan will be a guide to where new homes, businesses and jobs, schools and open space will go, as well as how we will protect the local environment.

Planning officers and members of the Planning Committee will use this document and the policies in it when deciding whether to permit or refuse planning permissions.

The main topics covered by the plan are:

  • Housing and affordable housing
  • Jobs
  • Infrastructure and facilities
  • The natural environment
  • The historic environment
  • Climate change
  • Gypsies and Travellers
  • Transport
  • Shopping

Draft Local Plan July 2015 (PDF Document, 2.25 Mb)


The consultation on the Draft Local Plan took place from 29th September 2015 to 30th November 2015. Following the consultation Local Plan officers reviewed the comments that were submitted. The Councils Local Plan Advisory Committee considered a report on 9 March 2016 in respect of the comments received on chapters 4 to 7.

The tables can be viewed below along with a copy of the LPAC 9th March Report (PDF Document, 0.18 Mb).

The comments received along with the Councils response can be seen in the following tables:

Chapter 4

What are the Issues

 Table A (PDF Document, 0.6 Mb)

Chapter 5


 Table B (PDF Document, 1.27 Mb)

Chapter 6


 Table C (PDF Document, 1.2 Mb)

Chapter 7


 Table D (PDF Document, 1.13 Mb)

The Local Plan Advisory Committee considered a further report at its meeting on 18th April 2016 in respect of those comments on the remaining chapters (8 to 12).

The tables can be viewed below along with a copy of the LPAC - 18 April Report (PDF Document, 0.1 Mb)

The comments received along with the Councils response can be seen in the following tables:

Policy S2 (Future housing and economic development needs) and Policy H7 (provision for gypsies and travellers and travelling showpeople)

 Table E (PDF Document, 0.69 Mb)

Policy Ec4 Brickworks and Pipeworks

 Table F (PDF Document, 0.42 Mb)

Chapter 8

Infrastructure and Facilities

 Table G (PDF Document, 1.32 Mb)

Chapter 9


 Table H (PDF Document, 0.87 Mb)

Chapter 10

Historic Environment

 Table I (PDF Document, 0.44 Mb)

Chapter 11

Climate Change

 Table J (PDF Document, 0.5 Mb)

Chapter 12

Implementation and Monitoring

 Table K (PDF Document, 0.41 Mb)

Policies maps

To accompany the Draft Local Plan we have produced a Draft Policies Map for the whole district which is accompanied by a set of inset maps. These are available below. 

Draft Local Plan Proposals Map July 2015 (PDF Document, 6.22 Mb)

Draft Local Plan Inset Maps July 2015 (PDF Document, 24.07 Mb)

Supporting documents 

Draft Local Plan Sustainability Appraisal (PDF Document, 7.83 Mb)

Draft Local Plan Habitats Regulation Assessment (PDF Document, 1.99 Mb)

Draft Local Plan Viability Study (PDF Document, 2.38 Mb)

Technical papers

To give some further background to how the Local Plan policies have been prepared, please see the technical papers below:

Background Paper Policy S2 (PDF Document, 0.59 Mb)

Background Paper 2 Policy S3 (PDF Document, 0.86 Mb)

Background Paper 2 Appendix A (PDF Document, 0.15 Mb)

Background Paper 3 Policy s4 (PDF Document, 0.36 Mb)

Background Policy Paper 4 Policies H1,H2 and H3 (PDF Document, 0.56 Mb)

Background Paper 5 Policy H7 (PDF Document, 0.48 Mb)

Background Paper 5 Policies Ec1, Ec2 and Ec3 (PDF Document, 0.48 Mb)

Background Paper 7 Policy Ec4 (PDF Document, 2.2 Mb)

Background Paper 8 Policies Ec5 Ec6 and Ec7 (PDF Document, 1.26 Mb)

Background Paper 9 Ec8 (PDF Document, 1.58 Mb)

Background Paper 10 Policies Ec9-Ec14 (PDF Document, 0.5 Mb)

Background Paper 10 Appendices - Part 1 (PDF Document, 3.15 Mb)

Background Paper 10 Appendices - Part 2 (PDF Document, 5.2 Mb)

Background Paper 10 Appendices - Part 3 (PDF Document, 3.2 Mb)

Background Paper 11 Policies En1 (PDF Document, 0.92 Mb)

Background Paper 12 Policies Ec2 (PDF Document, 0.64 Mb)

Previous consultations

Read about previous consultations on the Local Plan

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