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Development Plan for Charnwood

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 Council 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 Council also provide 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.
  • Core Strategy - The Local Plan Core Strategy will provide strategic planning policy.  It is currently being examined by an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State and Proposed Main Modifications are being consulted on, after which the Inspector's Report will outline 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.
  • Site Allocations and Development Management Policies - The Local Plan Allocations and Policies Document is the early stages of being prepared and will provide more detailed policies in support of the overall vision and objectives of the Core Strategy.

For more information on the Local Plan including the Core Strategy Examination in Public and Allocations and Policies Issues and Options Consultation please visit our Local Plan Website.

Supporting Documents

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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