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We are currently carrying out the final public consultation on our Places and Policies Local Plan. Click here to visit our planning consultation portal and submit your comments

What is the Places and Policies Local Plan?

The Places and Policies Local Plan identifies specific sites for the new homes and work spaces that we need and how we want them built

What the Places and Policies Local Plan covers


The Places and Policies Local Plan identifies sites that we consider suitable for development throughout the district to provide up to 2,500 new homes and land for offices, community uses and other types of development.


The plan also sets out:

  • what we want our buildings to look like;
  • how they serve our economy and communities; and,
  • how they relate to each other and to what's already here

It also determines how much open or play space and parking there should be, as well as ways to conserve and enhance our heritage and natural environment.

Development of the Plan

Preferred Options consultation

We published the Preferred Options draft of the plan for public comments for a six week period between 7 October 2016 and 18 November 2016.

You can view the comments by visiting our consultation portal.

The Cabinet report, and a summary of consultation comments received during the Preferred Options consultation can be downloaded below.

pdf icon Cabinet Report 19 July 2017 [218kb]
pdf icon Places and Policies Local Plan - Summary of Consultation Comments [383kb]

Submission Draft consultation

Following the Preferred Options consultation, we amended the Plan to create the Submission Draft.

The Submission Draft consultation runs from Monday 5 February 2018 for a six week period, ending on Monday 19 March 2018.

pdf icon Places and Policies Local Plan Submission Draft - February 2018 [34Mb]
pdf icon Places and Policies Local Plan notice [24kb]

You can comment (known formally as making a representation) on the document by visiting our consultation portal.

Comment here

Alternatively, you can download and complete a representation form.

word icon Places and Policies Local Plan representations form [67kb]

What to comment on

Your comment should relate to legal requirements, the duty to cooperate and the soundness of the plan. To be sound, the plan must be

  1. positively prepared;
  2. justified and effective; and,
  3. consistent with national policy.

Download the guidance below for more information.

pdf icon Guidance: Making comments on the Places and Policies Local Plan [43kb]

What happens next?

When the consultation has finished, we will submit the plan to the Planning Inspectorate, who will arrange an 'examination in public'.  This is likely to be mid-2018.

All the comments received during the Submission consultation will be considered by an independent Planning Inspector during the examination.