Local Development Plan
A six week consultation period on documents relating to the Council’s Local
Development Plan (LDP) is due to begin on Monday 9 March, and end on Monday 20
As part of the preparation of the LDP, the Council has released a number of key
documents – the Candidate Sites Register, the Candidate Sites Assessment
Methodology Background Paper and Topic Papers covering a variety of issues.
This represents the beginning of a period of work where the Council will engage
with and consult the public and key stakeholders in order to inform the
identification of issues to be faced by the Plan, a vision and objectives
setting out what the Plan is seeking to achieve, and a range of options to be
considered in terms of the level of growth and the distribution of that growth.
Members of the public will be consulted on the Candidate Sites Assessment
Methodology Background Paper and Topic Papers.
This work will lead to the publication of and consultation upon a draft
pre-deposit LDP which will contain the preferred strategy for the Plan as well
as key policies and strategic site specific proposals.
The documents released are:
i) Candidate Sites Register
The Council is publishing a Candidate Sites Register following the Call for
Candidate Sites undertaken in 2014. The Register contains 734 sites which have
been submitted by developers, landowners or other interested parties to be
considered by the Council either to be earmarked for development or to be
protected from development. The publication of the Register does not imply that
the sites will be included in the Plan, merely that they have been put forward
for the Council to assess. The Register is being made available for information
only and is not the subject of formal public consultation. The Council is
therefore not inviting comments on the sites.
ii) Candidate Site Assessment Methodology Background Paper
To accompany the Register of Candidate Sites, the Council is publishing for
consultation a Background Paper setting out how the Candidate Sites will be
assessed. This will be subject of a 6 week consultation exercise as the Council
is keen to ensure that there is broad consensus about how Candidate Sites are
to be assessed.
iii) Topic Papers
A series of 18 Topic Papers have been prepared covering a variety of issues.
Each Topic Paper identifies issues to be addressed in preparing the LDP as well
as setting out national planning guidance on that topic. These Topic Papers are
also the subject of 6 week consultation exercise in order to secure the views
of the public and key stakeholders as to how various topics and related issues
should be addressed through the preparation of the Plan.
All documents are available on the Council’s website and in hard copy at
Council Offices and libraries. Comments should be forwarded to