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Planning policy is prepared at a national, borough and neighbourhood level.  Planning policies provide the basis against which all applications for planning permission are assessed.

The Plans, Policies and Place-Making Team is responsible for preparing a Development Plan for Charnwood which provides a long term strategic planning framework for the Borough. This includes preparing policies to guide future decisions regarding where new homes, schools, open space, roads and jobs will go, along with protection for the local environment.  The team is provides support to communities preparing Neighbourhood Plans.

The Development Plan for Charnwood is made up of:

  • Borough of Charnwood Local Plan (2004) - This document will be replaced by the Local Plan Core Strategy and an Allocations and Policies document. Some of the policies it contains have expired but a number have been saved and continue to inform decisions on planning applications.
  • Local Plan Core Strategy - The Core Strategy will provide up to date strategic planning policy.  It is currently being examined by the Secretary of State‚Äôs Inspector and a further consultation on modifications is expected to take place in the Spring 2015, after which the Inspector Report the outcome of the examination to the Council. Adoption of the Core Strategy as part of the Development Plan for Charnwood is expected to take place later this year. In the meantime it is an important material consideration in making planning decisions in the Borough.
  • Local Plan Site Allocations and Development Management Policies - The Site Allocations and Development Management Policies for Charnwood are in the early stages of being prepared and will provide more detailed policies in support of the overall vision and objectives of the Core Strategy.

A timetable for the preparation of new planning policies is set out in the Local Development Scheme for Charnwood.

The Development Plan is supported by:

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