The Local Plan sets the vision and framework for how the borough will develop over time. It guides and informs our decision making on planning applications that come forward.

The government requires all local planning authorities to plan for new homes. For our borough, the target is an average of 839 a year between now and 2039.  We already have over 2,700 homes in the pipeline, and the new Local Plan will help us plan for the rest. 

Having a plan in place will help prevent speculative developments which don’t meet the plan’s objectives and strategy. We recognise the importance of the Green Belt and changes will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. We will take a brownfield first approach when looking for places to build. That means making the best use of previously developed land for delivering new homes. 

When planning for new homes, we aim is to make sure that proposals address the need for new facilities and infrastructure from the outset. This includes schools, road links, medical services and open spaces. 

How to get involved

The Local Plan is one of our most important policies and will shape the future of the borough. During the development of the plan, we will be inviting residents and businesses to have a say in our proposals.

See Local Plan updates for the latest news.