Issues and Options Papers


Work under the Local Plan Review (LPR) has ceased.  Instead, we are now preparing a new 15-year Local Plan to cover 2023-2038

For details of the new Plan, please see


We undertook consultation on the LPR Issues and Options papers in spring 2017.  The Issues and Options Papers are available below, along with a summary of the representations we received through the consultation. A document containing all of the comments we received is also published. 

Feedback on Scoping and Issues & Options Consultation

The Feedback Report summarises the points made during the consultation on issues and options.

Comments received during LPR Issues & Options Consultation

The Schedule of Representations (675 pages) lists the comments received by the Council by the various respondents.

In addition, there are 24 separate attachments:

You can also view the Council's responses to comments made, topic by topic.  The index of representors matches the 'numbers' in the Schedule of Representations to the persons making the representation.


Strategic Development Options Paper

Covers: Levels of development (including housing numbers and area of employment land), the Local Plan period, the location of development, the distribution of development.

Economic Policy Options Paper

Covers: Economy, employment land, job opportunities, rural employment, town and village centres, retail, town centre uses.

Environmental Policy Options Paper

Covers: Nature sites, renewable energy, sustainability, healthy places, biodiversity.

Social Policy Options Paper

Covers: Housing (affordable, self build, custom) housing markets, student housing, traveller accommodation, older persons accommodation and social requirements.

Spatial Portrait Paper

The Spatial Portrait uses social, economic and environmental data to paint a picture of the current issues that different areas of the Borough, and the Borough as a whole, are facing. The Local Plan Review can then try to address the weaknesses and threats, whilst building on the boroughs strengths and opportunities.  

Duty to Co-operate Statement

We have a duty to work with other Councils, County Councils and other bodies when preparing a Local Plan. Our Duty to Co-operate Statement sets out how we have co-operated with neighbouring authorities and other set bodies in relation to our Local Plan Review preparation.

Further supporting documents