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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 June 2020 and updates and replaces the LDS approved in September 2019.

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:

2021 Update to Local Development Scheme

Subject to a Portfolio-Holder decision, an update to the LDS is due to come to into effect from 01 March 2021.  This does not change the timescale for the Local Plan, but provides further information on the forthcoming Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre Area Plan and various Supplementary Planning Documents.  This page will be updated in due course.

A link to the 2021 update is provided in our Issue details - Local Development Scheme (February 2021) page.