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Preparing our Local Plan

Local Plan: Sites Consultation has now closed

The Council recently sought your views on the Local Plan: Sites Consultation document in a consultation which ran between Friday 4 November 2016 to 30 December 2016.

We are now in the process of considering all the responses we have received and would like to thank all those that took the time to visit one of the drop in sessions held across the District, sent us comments and got involved. These comments will be analysed and taken into account as the Council prepares the next iteration of the Local Plan. A Statement of Consultation summarising the key issues raised and the Council's response will also be prepared and submitted to the Planning Policy Committee, once all analysis has been completed.

The document was underpinned and reflective of a number of technical assessments, including new landscape and ecology studies. These evidence based studies remain a valid consideration in the continuing preparation of the Local plan and will be added to and updated as needed.

We have produced some Local Plan: Sites Consultation frequently asked questions to respond to some of the questions we have been asked.

The consultation

This consultation gave residents and interested parties an opportunity to comment on sites being assessed as part of the plan.

The Local Plan: Sites Consultation presented a number of sites for comment. Each site has been through landscape, ecology and other assessments to look at whether it could be developed or not. 

As a result sites have been identified which: 

  • Could be realistically developed.
  • Cannot be recommended for development
  • Need more investigation before a decision can be made either way. 

The Sites Consultation did not:  

  • Allocate any land for development.
  • Change the boundary of the Green Belt.

The next step is the preparation of a draft Local Plan which will be the subject of public consultation before it is submitted to an independent examiner. This will set out the vision for the District and provide a framework for the future improvement, development and local protection of the area and Green Belt. The Council knows how important the openness of the district is to residents and is committed to protecting its green spaces in the long term.

Creating a Local Plan is done by following a legal process. No decisions on the plan have been made and won’t be until after the final round of consultation, which is likely to take place in autumn/winter 2017.

How to get involved

Anyone who has submitted a comment to the Local Plan: Sites Consultation process, will have an online account created for them if they do not already have one. When your account is created you will receive an e-mail from the Objective Consultation Portal, please make sure you retain this e-mail or make a note of your username and password which can be used in future consultations.

This online account will allow your comments to be viewed once they have been reviewed and published by the Council and it will ensure you are notified at the next stage of consultation.

If you have not made comments on the Local Plan so far, do not have an account and wish to be added to the consultation database to receive notifications, you can do so by:

Any questions relating to the consultation can be directed to the Planning Policy Team by calling 01883 722000. 

Comments from the first stage consultation 

If you made comments on the earlier stage of consultation, these can be viewed on the consultation website and in the Council's Statement of Consultation on the Issues and Approaches document.

More information