New Local Plan

What is the new Local Plan?

The Council is in the process of preparing a new Local Plan, which will set the strategy for the future development of the District beyond 2025 – the current plan period. The new Local Plan will replace a number of the adopted policy documents which form the local development plan for the District.

Once adopted the new Local Plan will replace a number of the adopted policy documents. It will set out the Council’s strategic vision, policies and land allocations, where necessary, for meeting future needs (including housing, employment, community facilities, transport and other infrastructure needed to support development). It will also identify areas for protection, such as sites that are important for wildlife and open space.

The Council held a public consultation in early 2018 on the first stage of its new Local Plan, the Issues and Options Document. A Feedback Report has been prepared which summarises the responses received and provides an initial response to the main issues raised. This Feedback Report is linked below.

Issues and Options Document Feedback Report 2018 (PDF 3.5mb)

What is the timetable for the new Local Plan?

The timetable for preparing the new Local Plan is set out in the Council’s Local Development Scheme (LDS) which was adopted on 19 February 2019. The preparation of an LDS is a statutory requirement which enables local communities and other interested parties to understand the Council’s proposed timetable for preparing the Local Plan, and the main steps involved. The LDS also includes an updated timetable for the delivery of a Joint Strategic Plan (JSP) across South Essex, and the introduction of a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule. For more information, please refer to the latest LDS linked below.

Local Development Scheme 2018 – 2022 (adopted 19 February 2019) - (PDF 535kb)

What is the evidence supporting the new Local Plan?

There are a number of technical background documents which support the preparation of the new Local Plan (see Related Content). The development of the evidence base is an ongoing and new documents will be added when they become available.   

How is the Council engaging with local communities and businesses?

The Council held community engagement workshops at local parishes in Summer/Autumn 2016 to help shape the first stage of the new Local Plan, called the Issues and Options Document. The purpose of these workshops was to explain the role of the Parish Councils in plan-making and to help build up a clear vision for the future for each parish and the wider district. The workshops were also supplemented by a survey. This early engagement follows the principles for engaging and consulting with local communities set out in the Council’s Statement of Community Involvement, adopted on 19 July 2016. The Council has also produced a Communications and Engagement Summary detailing how it intends to consult with residents and businesses throughout the first stage of its new Local Plan process, the Issues and Options document, and how this will comply with the Statement of Community Involvement. Both the Issues and Options Communications and Engagement Summary 2017 and the Statement of Community Involvement 2016 can be downloaded below.

Issues and Options Communications and Engagement Summary 2017

Updated Statement of Community Involvement 2019

How do I get involved?

If you would like to be involved in the preparation of the new Local Plan and notified of future planning policy consultations, sign up to the  Planning Policy mailing list. This is a simple process requiring a valid email address (see Related Content).