The timetable for the Local Plan Review has been revised. This is due to a number of reasons – the volume, nature and extent of representations received, the importance of preparing concept masterplans for proposed site allocations and the need to consider the implications of the Government’s intentions to implement a standard methodology for assessing housing need.

In addition, work is also being undertaken on a Housing Market Area wide study on housing need and strategic growth locations. Work on this is still to be concluded and the implications of this will need to be considered in the review of the Local Plan.

It remains a Council priority to have a reviewed development plan in place as soon as possible, but it is also important to ensure that a robust and sound plan is prepared that can be progressed to examination.

Following a meeting of Full Cabinet on 7 December 2017 it was agreed that the timetable should be adjusted. It is now expected to proceed as follows:

  • Publication of Submission Draft (for consultation) – Summer / Autumn 2018
  • Submission to Secretary of State – Winter 2018/19
  • Examination of Plan – Spring 2019
  • Adoption of the Local Plan Review – Summer 2019

The Local Development Scheme will be updated to reflect this.