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What is the Local Plan for North Warwickshire

What is the Local Plan?

NWBC recently consulted on the Draft Submission version of the Local Plan. The Local Plan has now been to Executive Board and was submitted for Examination on Tuesday 27th March 2018. Further information can be found on our New Local Plan page and also our Examination Page

NWBC  recently consulted on a New Local Plan which brings together the adopted Core Strategy, draft Site Allocations and draft Development Management documents into one single plan

The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 introduced a new way in which planning documents and policies are created, so to simplify and speed up the process in which policies can be prepared and updated. The Local Plan for North Warwickshire is/will be made up of a number of documents, all forming part of the Development Plan, and are outlined below. As well as this the Government wants more community involvement in plan-making and has  introduced Neighbourhood Planning.

Other relevant documents

  • Local Development Scheme (LDS) - this sets out the 3 year rolling timetable for the production of the Local Plan for North Warwickshire.
  • Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) - this document will set out how the Council will consult the general public on the different parts of the Local Plan for North Warwickshire. After going through various stages of consultation The SCI was officially adopted on Wednesday 25 April 2007
  • Design Briefs - these give more specific guidance on the development of particular sites.
  • Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) - these reports set out the extent to which policies contained within the LDDs are being achieved and to ensure that the LDS is being implemented.
  • Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) - these are similar in nature to the current Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) that has been prepared by the Council. SPDs are and will be consistent with and expand on existing policies within the Local Plan 2006 and DPDs.

The production of an Local Plan relies on evidence relating to the sustainability, viability and the social, economic and environmental impacts of the policies proposed. The following documents form the evidence base for the Local Plan

Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment

The Sustainability Appraisal (SA) is a process which examines the social, environmental and economic effects of the strategies and policies in DPDs to ensure that the decisions made accord with sustainable development. When an SA is  carried out on certain plans, it must also meet the requirements the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Directive (2001/42/EC). This Directive ensures that environmental effects of strategies and policies are also carefully assessed.

Habitat Regulations Assessment

The Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) examines the effects of the strategies and policies in Development Plan Documents (DPDs) to ensure that the decisions made accord with the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010. More importantly it will determine whether any of the policies being considered for the Core Strategy are likely to have a significant effect on any Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Special Protection Area (SPA) or Ramsar site, and thus if a full Appropriate Assessment under the Regulations is required.

Current status and view the Local Plan 2006

The North Warwickshire Local Plan was  adopted on 4 July 2006.

All but Core Policies 4, 7 and 9 were saved under Direction from the Secretary of State, and will be replaced as work progresses on the new Local Plan for North Warwickshire. The Core Strategy was adopted on 9th October 2014 and replaces some of the saved Policies of the Local Plan 2006. The Borough Council are now working on a new Local Plan and when adopted this will replace the saved Policies of the 2006 Local Plan.

The team currently has 4 members of staff:

Forward Planning and Economic Strategy Manager - Dorothy Barratt

Senior Planning Policy Officer - Mike Dittman

Planning Policy Assistant - Sue Wilson

Planning Information Officer - Tracey Curran

Last updated Thursday, 12th April 2018

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