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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 October 2021 and updates and replaces the LDS approved in February 2021. The update sets out the timescales for the remaining stages for the production and adoption of the new Local Plan, as well as of other planning documents that the Council expects to prepare over the next three years. There is amendment to timescales in some cases, to align with the new Local Plan.

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, a full and updated list is provided on the supporting documents page.