The North West Leicestershire Local Plan was adopted on 21 November 2017. It sets out a strategy for delivering the homes, jobs and infrastructure needed in the district between 2011 and 2031.

Policy S1 of the plan says that we would start a review within three months of adoption.   

We are undertaking the review in two parts - a Partial Review and a Substantive Review.  The Partial Review has now been completed.  

Substantive Review

Development Strategy Options and Policy Options (Regulation 18) Consultation

17 January to 28 February 2022

North West Leicestershire District Council is undertaking a Local Plan Review. The review will update the adopted Local Plan 2017 (as amended by the Partial Review) and will cover the period to 2039. 

The consultation document sets out potential options for a number of key issues that the Local Plan Review must address, including development strategy options for both housing and employment, as well as more specific policy topics. Alongside the consultation document we have also published the Sustainability Appraisal of the Spatial Options.

Local Plan Review Consultation Document (PDF Document, 0.94 Mb)

Sustainability Appraisal of the Spatial Options

We are interested to hear your views. The document contains a number of consultation questions. You do not need to answer each question; just the ones which are relevant to you. You can send us your response:

Remember, we must receive your comments by the end of Monday 28 February 2022. 

If you are not able to view the documents online and do not wish to visit a library or the council offices at this time, we can post out a hard copy of the document (free of charge) and/or the response form on request. For this and any other questions about the consultation, please contact the Planning Policy & Land Charges team on planning.policy@nwleicestershire.gov.uk or 01530 454676.

What is the Substantive Review?

This is a wider ranging review of the adopted Local Plan taking into account changes that have occurred since adoption, including the publication of a new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).  It will need to identify potential housing and employment sites to meet the identified need, along with the new infrastructure required as well as reviewing the existing policies. More information can be found on the Local Plan Substantive Review page. 

Why is the review required?

Regulations require that Local Plans are reviewed at least once very 5 years.

What has happened so far?

We have undertaken a number of consultations. More information can be found on the Local Plan Review – progress so far page.

What is the timetable for the review?

We have published an updated Local Development Scheme (January 2022) which sets out the timetable for the Substantive Review.

Partial Review

What is the Partial Review?

The Partial Review sought solely to amend Policy S1 (and supporting text) of the adopted Local Plan.  

Why was the Partial Review required?

report outlining the reasons for undertaking the review in two parts was taken to the Council’s Cabinet on 16 July 2019.

What was the process for the Partial Review?

A pre-submission document was published for consultation between 20 November 2019 and 8 January 2020.

-        Partial Review Pre-submission consultation

Following the consultation and consideration of the comments made, the Council submitted the Partial Review to the Planning Inspectorate on 18 February 2020. Details of the Examination can be found from the link below.

-        Partial Review Examination

Following the Examination hearings which were held in September 2020, the Council published proposed Modifications to the submitted Partial Review Plan. More information can be found on the Partial Review Examination page. 

The Council received the final Inspector's Report in respect of the Examination of the Partial Review and, subject to a number of Main Modifications, the Inspector found the review to be ‘sound’. 

The North West Leicestershire Local Plan (as amended by the Partial Review) was adopted at Council on 16 March 2021. 

A copy of the Adoption Statement can be viewed here: Adoption Statement (PDF Document, 0.14 Mb)

A copy of the Sustainability Appraisal post Adoption Statement can be viewed here:

SA Post Adoption Statement (PDF Document, 0.32 Mb)

SA Adoption Statement - Appendix A (PDF Document, 0.26 Mb)

Local Plan Committee

The Council operates a Local Plan Committee that considers various issues relating to the Local Plan Review.  Full details on its role, membership and minutes of previous meetings can be found on the Local Plan Committee page.

Local Plan Consultation Database

Please note: If you wish to be kept informed of progress on the Local Plan Review, you can email us at planning.policy@nwleicestershire.gov.uk with your name, organisation (if applicable), postal address and email and we can then keep you up to date with future consultations.

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Last updated: Fri 14 January, 2022 @ 17:05