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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.

We are responsible for preparing a Development Plan for Charnwood to provide a long term strategic planning framework for the borough. Please see our pages on the adopted Local Plan for more details. We also provide support to communities preparing Neighbourhood Plans.

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:


Housing supplementary planning document consultation

We have published a draft Housing Supplementary Planning Document (Housing SPD) for consultation.  Representations on the draft Housing SPD are invited up to February 27, 2017.  The document is available to download below:

Draft Supplementary Planning Document January 2017 (PDF Document, 1.14 Mb)

The Housing SPD will provide guidance to support the Charnwood Local Plan Core Strategy 2011 - 2028 and the saved policies of the Borough of Charnwood Local Plan in respect of affordable housing, housing mix, houses in multiple occupation and purpose built and campus student accommodation. 

It has been informed by a series of engagement events and evidence base studies.  A Leicester & Leicestershire Housing & Economic Development Needs Assessment is due to be published in February 2017 and will be used to inform the final document.

To make representations, please visit our consultation portal.


Thurcaston and Cropston Neighbourhood Plan 2015 to 2028

On the December 16, 2016 the Council "made" the Thurcaston and Cropston Neighbourhood Plan part of Charnwood Borough Council's Development Plan, in accordance with Regulation 19 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended). Further details of the decision are available in the Thurcaston Cropston NP Decision Statement (PDF Document, 0.15 Mb)

The other documents can be viewed via the following links:
Thurcaston Cropston Neighbourhood Plan (PDF Document, 2.6 Mb)
Thurcaston Cropston Proposal Map (PDF Document, 0.4 Mb)

Hard copies of the documents are available for inspection at our offices in Southfield Road, Loughborough, LE11 2TX.

Please visit Thurcaston and Cropston Neighbourhood Plan or the Local Plan website for more information.


Regulation 18 consultation

We have begun initial work to prepare a new Local Plan in accordance with the Charnwood Local Development Scheme 2016. The new Local Plan will include strategic and detailed policies and will be prepared to provide for a longer plan period than the adopted Charnwood Core Strategy which provides the strategy up to 2028.

In accordance with Regulation 18 of The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) 2012, the Borough Council undertook a consultation in the summer of 2016 to understand and engage with interested parties on the future for Charnwood, the scope of the plan and what it should contain. The results of this consultation are available in the Statement of Consultation and Appendix below.


Five year housing land supply

To boost significantly the supply of housing, we have identified sites sufficient to provide five years worth of housing against our housing reguirements. The March 31, 2016 Five Year Housing Land Position is available below:

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