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Local Development Plan

Plan Preparation Process

There are 4 key stages of plan preparation.

  • Stage 1: Initial Plan Preparation
  • Stage 2: Preparation and Adoption of the Plan Strategy
  • Stage 3: Preparation and Adoption of the Local Policies Plan
  • Stage 4: Monitoring and Review

Stage 1: Initial Plan Preparation

This initial stage includes the development of a comprehensive evidence base, publishing of the Timetable, and Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) and the publication of the Preferred Options Paper (POP). The Timetable will set out the our programme for the production of the LDP including key milestones and indicative timelines for plan production through to final adoption. The Position Papers comprising the evidence base as formulated to date are:

The POP will set out the key issues to be addressed by the Plan as well as objectives and alternative options for achieving objectives including our preferred options. It will be a public consultation document which will promote debate on issues of strategic significance likely to influence the shape of future development within the borough.

Stage 2: Preparation and Adoption of the Plan Strategy

This stage of the LDP process consists of the preparation and publication of the Draft Plan Strategy which will be strategic in nature and based on all relevant information, including public’s responses to the POP will be independently examined prior to adoption.  The Department for Infrastructure (DFI) will appoint the PAC or other independent examiner to hold the Independent Examination (IE).  The IE will examine the Draft Plan Strategy against soundness tests which will determine if correct procedure have been followed, and how it has taken account of central government plans, policy and guidance, and also its coherence, consistency and effectiveness.  Following the IE, the examiner will issue a report of its findings to the Department which will in turn consider this and issue a binding report to the Council.  We must then incorporate any changes outlined in the binding report and subsequently adopt the Plan Strategy.

Stage 3: Preparation and Adoption of the Local Policies Plan

The Local Policies Plan is the second Plan document and must be consistent with the adopted Plan Strategy. Its purpose is to provide detailed site specific proposals (for example, housing zonings) relating to the future development of the plan area. The draft Local Policies Plan will also be subject be to and independent examination.

Stage 4: Monitoring and Review

The final stage in the local development plan preparation process is monitoring and review which are essential in establishing how the LDP objectives are being achieved and whether any changes are required.  This will include the preparation of an annual monitoring report. We will undertake regular reviews of its LDP at least every 5 years from the date of adoption of the Local Policies Plan.

Both the Plan Strategy and Local Policies Plan together with any supporting documents and various Plan related assessments will be placed on online.