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Local Development Scheme


Councils must produce a Local Development Scheme (LDS), which sets out details of the planning policy documents that the Council has adopted or is currently preparing, and those it intends to prepare.

The LDS provides information to interested parties to help them participate in the plan-making process.

The current LDS came into effect in March 2021 and updates and replaces the LDS approved in June 2021. The update does not alter the timetable for the Local Plan, but provides additional information on the Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre Area Plan and various Supplementary Planning Documents.

The LDS gives local residents and other interested parties information about

  • the documents the Council will be preparing
  • the subject matter and geographical area to which these documents relate
  • the timetable for their preparation and adoption

A copy of the current LDS is available below:

In relation to the Local Plan evidence documents referred to at Appendix 1, a full and updated list is provided on the Pre-Submission Supporting Documents page.