New Local Plan (2040)
Call for sites
We are currently working on a new Local Plan for our district, which will set the blueprint up until 2040. The new Local Plan will earmark sites for specific uses including homes, jobs and open space.
Call for sites summer 2020
Last summer we carried out a call for sites in which we invited anyone (including community groups and landowners) to put forward sites that they would like to see included in the new Local Plan.
We had 177 suggestions; mainly from landowners promoting their sites for housing, as well as sites put forward for employment use, and a couple of sites put forward by parish councils for community uses.
These will go through a technical assessment before they are identified for potential inclusion in the Local Plan.
If you submitted a site we will be in touch with you if we need any further information, otherwise there is nothing you need to do at this point.
New call for sites 2021
We've now started a new call for sites to capture all sites in the district that could be included in the new Local Plan. We strongly recommend you read the guidance on submitting a site first.
You must submit all sites by 5pm on Friday 9 July.
What happens next
All sites put forward will undergo a technical assessment to check whether or not they are suitable and deliverable and as such could be considered by the councillors for inclusion. It is important to stress that the sites that are put forward, mostly by landowners, will not necessarily make their way into the new plan.
An assessment document (known as a Strategic Land Availability Assessment (SLAA)) will be produced later this year listing all sites. The SLAA will then be published and used as evidence to help us make a decision on which sites should be included.
The draft Local Plan (including the sites) will go out for public consultation in 2022 to hear everyone's views before it is examined by an inspector and a final decision is made.