Section 15 of The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended) requires the Council, as a Local Planning Authority (LPA), to prepare and maintain a ‘Local Development Scheme’ (LDS).
The LDS sets out the programme for producing the Local Plan which is the statutory development plan document for the area. The Local Plan is responsible for setting out where and how new development will take place and specifies the planning policies which will be applied in the determination of planning applications.
The publication of the LDS also assists the community and interested parties by setting out what development plan documents the Council is intending to produce, when, and at what stage they can get involved in the process.
The Council's most up to date LDS was adopted 22 January 2020 and any further updates will be published on the Council's website.