Development management plan

What is the Development Management Plan?

The Council has responsibility for preparing a Local Plan. The Local Plan provides information about when and where development to deliver the new homes, jobs, services, facilities and infrastructure we need will take place in the borough and includes policies against which proposals for new development are assessed.

Part 1 of the Local Plan (the Core Strategy) was adopted by the Council in 2014. This sets out the overall scale and location of growth that will take place in the borough between 2012 and 2027. 

The Development Management Plan is in preparation and will be Part 2 of the Local Plan and will set out in more detail how the Core Strategy will be delivered. It will contain:

  • Policies to guide decision making on planning applications
  • Policy designations
  • Development site allocations

The Plan will be examined by an independent planning inspector before it can be formally adopted by the Council.

For further information on the Local Plan documents and timescales, see the Local Development Scheme (PDF).

If you would like to register to be notified about any further stages in the plan preparation, please complete our Planning Policy mailing list online form.

What happens next?

Regulation 19 - Approval

On the 9th November 2017 the draft Regulation 19 (Publication Version) Development Management Plan and associated papers were presented to the Council’s Executive and will now be recommended to Full Council on the 14th December for approval of the DMP for the purposes of publication, consultation and submission to the Secretary of State (Planning Inspectorate).

It is anticipated that the DMP will be published in January 2018 for a period of not less than six weeks to allow representations of support and objections including into the soundness and compliance to be registered.

Regulation 19 is a statutory stage, prior to the submission of the draft Plan to the Secretary of State, which allows representations to be made on the draft Plan which the Council considers to be ready for examination. Further information on the Local Plan process can be found on the Local plans PDF ( website).

The council’s press release can be found here.

Further details on the Executive and Full Council can be found here:

The agenda of the Executive meeting can be found here. The Development Management Plan is minute number 40, and they key documents relating to this agenda item, including the DMP itself, the proposals maps, the consultation statement, and the sustainability appraisal can be found on this page.

The evidence base documents and reports which have been used to inform preparation of the draft Regulation 19 Development Management Plan document are on the DMP - November 2017 Executive.

Useful information from external websites on Local Plans and Regulation 19 can be found through the following links:

Respondents who have previously contacted the council at Regulation 18 stage and who have agreed to have their details stored for planning consultation purposes will be contacted at the address given with details before the Regulation 19 consultation. Please note that objections and comments made at Regulation 18 stage will NOT be rolled forward automatically. You will need to read the published plan when available and if you wish to comment, including on the soundness and/or compliance of the Plan, do so during the representations period in order for these comments to be considered by the independent inspector in due course. This will be the opportunity to request involvement in the public hearings organised by the Inspector.

Regulation 18 - Consultation on objectives, approaches and possible sites

As part of the first stage in the preparation of the Development Management Plan from the 1st August 2016 to the 10th October 2016 the Council asked the public for their views on the proposed objectives, policy approaches and potential site designations set out in this first stage (Regulation 18) document.  This document was based on background evidence and sets out the key issues that are likely to face the borough over the 15 years, and the different options considered for addressing them. The document is available below for reference, along with other information around the preparation of the document and the consultation process:

This consultation is one stage in a longer process. The Council will use the comments received as part of the Regulation 18 consultation to help us prepare the draft Development Management Plan.