We have been tracking and following the progress of Local Plans in the different regions of England. A Local Plan sets out planning policies and identifies how land is used – determining what will be built where. We’ve developed this Local Plan Schedule which we hope will keep you up to date on what Local Authorities are doing on their Plans and if you have any questions we’d be pleased to help.
We will be providing update every quarter across the regions.
|Publication Date||Who & what?||Details|
|22/10/17||London||Draft Transport Strategy
London’s Draft Transport Strategy sets out the Mayor’s policies in reshaping London over the next 25 years.
The aim of the Strategy is to change the way people choose to travel so that, by 2041, 80% of Londoners will travel on foot, cycle or by public transport. The consultation period ended on 2nd October 2017, however there are some positive things in the document about improving transport connections across outer London and the potential of more house building. It is possible however that the Strategy is weaker on the implications of the Elizabeth Line and Cross rail 1 and 2 for London’s unmet need.
The final Mayor’s transport strategy is said to be published in early 2018.
|11/8/17||Bromley Council||Local Plan Regulation 19
The Council submitted the Draft Local Plan for Examination on 11th August 2017.
|7/8/17 – 29/9/17||Havering Council||Local Plan Regulation 19.
Havering Council has published its draft Local Plan for a consultation – this took place between 7th August 2017 and 29th September 2017.
|22/9/17||Tower Hamlets||Local Plan Regulation 19.
Consultation runs from 2nd October and 13th November 2017.
Tower Hamlets published their Regulation 19 version of their new Local Plan on 22nd September 2017.
|South East – East Anglia|
Norfolk Strategic Framework. The consultation on the draft framework concluded 22nd September 2017. Consultation responses are being considered and a final version of the NSF is expected to be agreed by the end of 2017.
|19/1/17 – 27/2/17||Slough||Local Plan Regulation 18.
Following the consultation on the Issues & Options from 16th January and 27th February 2017, the Council are working on a preferred spatial strategy for consultation in Winter 2017.
|5/5/17||East Hertfordshire||Local Plan Regulation 19.
Following the representations received through the consultation, a schedule of proposed minor changes to the East Herts pre-submission District Plan was published on 5th May 2017. This can be found here:
|9/6/17||North Herts||Local Plan Examination
The North Herts Local Plan was submitted for Examination on 9th June 2017.The Letchworth hearing session will commence on the morning of 15th December. The deadline for hearing statements is 3rd November 2017.
|21/9/17||Welwyn – Hatfield||Local Plan Examination
The first hearing session for the Examination took place 21st September 2017. The Stage 2 hearings are scheduled for the 24th and 27th October and 1st and 3rd November and will cover the Plan’s overarching strategy and associated policies.
|28/7/17||Waveney||Local Plan Regulation 18.
Consultation on the first draft of the Local Plan took place between 28th July and 22nd September 2017.
The Plan timetable is as follows:
· First draft plan consultation: July-September 2017
· Final draft plan for consultation and submission for examination: Winter 2017/18
· Examination hearing: Spring 2018
· adoption: Early summer 2018
Following Full Council on 27th July 2017 the Draft Local Plan was published for a 6-week period to 2nd October 2017. The Plan is due to be submitted late 2017.
|TBC||Greater Birmingham||Strategic Growth Study
Greater Birmingham and Black Country HMA authorities have commissioned a Strategic Growth Study to identify the need and locations housing growth across the West Midlands and surrounding areas. We are currently awaiting confirmation as to when the growth options study should be ready.
|8/01/ 2018||Stafford||Call for Sites
The Council are asking land owners and stakeholders to suggest sites that they consider have future development potential beyond 2031 as part of the Borough’s Local Plan review. The Call for Sites exercise ends on Monday 8th January 2018 at 5 pm.
|3/7/17 – 8/9/17||Dudley||Issues and Options Report
The Black Country Core Strategy Issues and Options Report was consulted on between 3rd July and 8th September 2017.The time table for the review is set out below:
· September 2018 – Preferred Spatial Option Consultation
· September 2019 – Draft Plan Consultation
· February 2020 – Publication Plan Consultation
· June 2020 – Submission of Core Strategy
· Autumn 2021 – Adoption of Core Strategy
Ashfield Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State 24th February 2017. Examination took place from the 2nd October and 13thOctober 2017.
|20/9/17||Warwick District Council||Adoption
Warwick District Council resolved to adopt the Warwick District Local Plan on 20th September 2017. The Adoption Statement, the Sustainability Appraisal (SA) Adoption Statement, and the Plan as adopted, can also be found here:
|17/10/17||Rushcliffe Borough Council||Keyworth Neighbourhood Plan
Rushcliffe Borough Council consulted on the draft Keyworth Neighbourhood Plan to the 17th October 2017.
|03/11/17||Broxtowe Borough Council||Pre-Submission Consultation
Broxtowe Borough Council are currently undertaking a two-part Local Plan. Part two of the plan will include specific site allocations to meet the housing need as set out in the Core Strategy and will also detail the policies against which planning applications will be assessed. The pre-submission consultation runs from Monday 18th September 2017 until 5.00pm on Friday 3rd November 2017.
|03/11/17||Harborough Council||Submission Consultation
A consultation on the Harborough Local Plan 2011-2031 Proposed Submission began on 22 September 2017 and runs for a period of 6 weeks until 5pm on Friday 3 November 2017.
|17/10/17||Bristol||Affordable Housing SPG
Bristol are currently looking at replicating the Mayor of London Affordable housing SPG whereby a ‘fast-track’ system for those who are not able to provide 35% affordable housing without grant are not required to undergo detailed viability scrutiny but will need to submit detailed viability evidence, as well as commit to early and late stage reviews. You can find out about Bristol City’s Housing Delivery Plan here:
|25/10/17||Cotswold District Council||Examination
The next Cotswold Examination Hearing Session will take place on 14th November. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 25th October 2017. Examination hearing dates for the Local Plan, include:
· Tuesday 10 October – Thursday 12th October 2017
· Tuesday 17 October – Thursday 19th October 2017
· Tuesday 14 November – Thursday 16th November 2017
· Tuesday 21 November – Thursday 23rd November 2017
|31/7/17||Poole Borough Council||Pre-Submission Consultation
Poole Council pre-Submission Local Plan was published for consultation 31st July and 22nd September 2017. Examination towards the end of 2017/early 2018. The timetable is as follows:
· Pre-submission publication of draft plan: July-September 2017
· Submission to Secretary of State: Autumn 2017
· Examination in public: Autumn/Winter 2017
· Adoption: Spring 2018
|1/12/17||East Devon||Ottery St Mary and West Hill Neighbourhood Plan
Consultation on Ottery St Mary and West Hill Neighbourhood Development Plan, covering the parishes of Ottery St Mary and West Hill, to East Devon District Council has been published for consultation until the 1st December 2017.
|10/10/17||Sedgemoor Council||Burnham and Highbridge Neighbourhood Plan
Sedgemoor Council has published for consultation the Neighbourhood Plan for Burnham and Highbridge. Representations can be made between 10th October 2017 and 21st November 2017.
|6/10/17||Torbay Council||Qualifying Bodies -Torquay, Paignton and Brixham Peninsula
The three neighbourhood forums in Torbay (Torquay, Paignton and Brixham Peninsula) have applied to renew their status as “Qualifying Bodies” (i.e. Neighbourhood Forums) and their associated Neighbourhood Area. The consultation period runs from the 6th October and 20th November 2017.
|30/10/17||North Somerset Council||Proposed Modifications
North Somerset Council are currently consulting on Proposed Modifications to the Site Allocations Plan following the examination hearings on 16-18 May 2017. This consultation too place between 18 September and 30 October 2017.
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