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Planning Policy

Welcome to the Planning Policy home-page, where you can find links to all of our planning policy web-pages.

From here you can access a new set of web-pages that should make it easier to find the information you're looking for. If you need any help, spot any problems or have any suggestions, please contact the Planning Policy Team.

The team's main job is to produce and review the Council's Local Plan, which is required by law and sets out how land should be used for such things as housing, employment, recreation and conservation. The aim of the plan is to achieve our economic, environmental and social goals through sustainable development. This means the plan must be tailor-made to suit the local area and local communities, mindful of our aspirations as a nation and committed to our international obligations.

Click on a link below to find whatever planning policy web-page you're looking for:

Policy News Policy News: Latest bulletins, quarterly Planning Focus newsletter, register for updates and consultations.
Current Local Plan Current Local Plan: Adopted local plan policies, proposals maps and guidance, which are currently in use.
New Local Plan New Local Plan: Work on creating an up-to-date, new-style local plan to replace the current local plan.
Planning for Parishes Planning for Parishes: Neighbourhood Planning, Parish Profiles.
Policy Facts & Figures Policy Facts & Figures: Planning studies (or "evidence base"), surveys/monitoring, Annual Monitoring Reports.
Previous Policy Work Previous Policy Work: Older documents that form the background to what we're doing at the moment.