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Adopted Core Strategy (2013)

Last Modified October 23, 2014

We have a plan of what development there should be, and where, in our borough until 2027 – this is called our Core Strategy.

It addresses national and regional policy requirements, as well as local community needs. This plan will also influence how and where land is allocated for development, but will not deal with specific sites. Sites for development and development management policies will be included in the emerging Site Allocations and Development Management Polices Document. Until this document is adopted, the policies in the Local Plan 2003 remain in use.

The Core Strategy January 2013 was adopted at a Full Council meeting on 16 January 2013. The document now forms part of the Local Plan and is used in the determination of all planning applications registered on or after 17 January 2013. The Core Strategy adopted January 2013 can be downloaded here, together with a list of deleted Local Plan 2003 policies that were not saved.

Further documents:


We submitted the Core Strategy for Examination in February 2012 and public hearings were held during May 2012, conducted by an independent inspector. Following the hearings, a number of issues were raised, requiring some further amendments to the Core Strategy. The proposed ‘main modifications’ were published for public consultation ending in October 2012.

The Inspector's Report was published on 5 December 2012 along with the Appendices.


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