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Local Plan - frequently asked questions

Does the recent Queen's Speech and associated Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill have any implications for progressing the Plan to adoption?

The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill is at the very earliest stages of its progress towards enactment. This being the case, it will likely undergo change to its content as it progresses and it will be some time before it comes into force. Notwithstanding this, there is nothing in the content of the Bill at this time that suggests conflict with progressing the Local Plan towards adoption. Indeed, the Government remains of the view that Councils should continue to progress Plans in preparation towards adoption without delay. 

While the Bill progresses, it remains critical that the Council has an up-to-date planning policy framework in place, in the form of a new Local Plan. This will ensure the Council is in the best possible position to deliver and shape the identified growth needs of the Borough in the most sustainable way, whilst protecting against inappropriate development.