New Local Plan

A Local Plan sets strategic priorities for the whole city, forms the basis for planning decisions and must be reviewed at regular intervals to keep it up-to-date.

Pre-Publication draft Local Plan (Regulation 18 Consultation)

We consulted on our Pre-Publication draft Local Plan and updated evidence base between 18 September to Monday 30 October 2017. This consultation presented the draft Local Plan incoporating planning policies for the city as well as the portfolio of site allocations to meet the city's development needs. The consultation also presents our updated evidence base to underpin the planning policies and site allocations.

Map of proposed Local Plan policies in the Pre Publication draft Local Plan


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Local Plan next steps

The purpose of the Pre Publication draft Local Plan (Regulation 18) Consultation was to enable the public and other interested parties to comment on policies and sites in the context of a full draft Local Plan. Any responses made to the consultation will be taken into consideration in drafting the next stage of the Local Plan. We will update this webpage with further information on progress in due course.

The need for a new Local Plan

In 2005, a draft Local Plan document was approved for Development Management purposes to inform planning decisions.

We are currently working towards a new Local Plan that is fully compliant with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and other relevant statutes.

If we don’t adopt an up-to-date Local Plan, development will still happen, but decisions will be taken in regard to the NPPF without local people having a say on setting local policies. See our Local Plan frequently asked questions for further information.

Progress on the new Local Plan

Preparations so far have included:

View all previous consultation responses in full.

You can keep up-to-date with future reports by viewing our Local Plan Working Group agendas page. You can also contact us if you would like to be notified about future Local Plan consultations.

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