1. Call for sites
The first stage of creating a local plan is to ask developers and land owners to put forward any land which they would like to be included in the plan. By no means will everything put forward end up in the final plan, but it provides a starting point by getting everything out on the table.
2. Issues and Options
The next step is to invite comments on the issues that the local plan needs to address and the different options for how the area could change in the future..
We will be inviting everyone in the community to share their views on this report and will use what people tell us to inform the next stage.
3. Consultation on the draft Local Plan
Once we have had a chance to review comments made at stage two we will write a draft Local Plan and share this again for comments though a public consultation. It’s important to emphasise that nothing is set in stone yet and all comments and ideas will be welcome.
4. Proposed Submission Local Plan
We will review all of the comments made about the draft plan and take these into account in updating it. We will seek to balance the demands being placed upon us by Government with the views and needs of the local community. This version of the local plan will be submitted to the Government for examination.
5. Government approval
Before it can be formally adopted, a government planning inspector will consider the local plan. It’s essential that the inspector can see how rigorous we have been in the evidence gathering and analysis. It is only by demonstrating this that the inspector will agree with the sites included in the Local Plan and our reasoning for excluding others from it.