We are preparing a new Local Plan to cover the district up to 2036. It will set our strategic direction for sustainable development, covering housing and employment and setting out our objectives and vision.
The new Local Plan will:
- bring together the relevant policies of the adopted Core Strategy and Site Allocation and Policies Development Plan Document and provide up to date policies for Grantham
- update and include new policies arising from the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and national Planning Practice Guidance
- provide new development requirements up to 2036, in particular providing for our assessed housing needs
The Plan will establish key principles to guide the location, use and form of development. It will also identify land for housing and employment use.
The Plan will eventually replace the Core Strategy, Site Allocation and Policies Development Plan Document and any remaining saved policies from the 1995 Local Plan [these now only relate to Grantham].
The first stage in preparing our new Local Plan was to issue a consultation paper [Regulation 18 consultation]. This included questions aimed at starting a discussion with the community about the plan content. The consultation document set out key issues identified and how they may be addressed.
A Sustainability Appraisal (SA)/Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Scoping Report was published alongside the consultation paper.
Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessments find out the potential effect of policies and proposals on environmental, social and economic factors. The scoping report sets out a framework to guide the future assessment of emerging policies and proposals as the plan is prepared.
Comments were invited on both documents, and responses will be considered during the next stages of plan preparation.
Both documents can be found below.
In preparing the Local Plan we consult with the local community and key stakeholders [as set out in our Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) document, adopted on 3 November 2014].
Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)
The SCI is a statutory document. It explains how we involve local communities and others interested in development in the preparation of planning policy documents and planning applications.
Following consultation, we adopted a revised and updated version of the SCI on the 3rd November 2014.
Evidence Base Documents
In preparing development plan and supplementary planning documents we need to gather a range of evidence to ensure a robust basis for our planning policies. We have already prepared a large amount of evidence relevant to the preparation of the new Local Plan. See Evidence Base Documents >>