Why is the Local Plan being reviewed?
Each local authority is required to have a Local Plan, and to review it every five years.
The current Local Plan is in place until 2026 and a review is currently taking place to extend it through to 2039. The review is expected to take until the end of 2023 to complete but this could change depending on factors outside our control - such as when it can be scheduled for examination by the Planning Inspectorate.
Regularly reviewing the Local Plan ensures that it continues to look to the future and is able to meet the current and emerging needs of the district. It means that new opportunities and challenges can be addressed - such as the climate emergency and the changes to how we live and work as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
As we review the Local Plan we will be keeping you informed about our work and giving you opportunities to get involved and share your views through formal consultations as well as informal engagement such as community drop-in events.
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