Local Plan Update

The Local Plan is a plan for the future development of the local area, drawn up by the Local Planning Authority, in this case RCC. Ultimately, the Local Plan guides decisions on whether or not planning permission can be granted.

RCC’s current Local Plan consists of the Core Strategy Development Plan Document (adopted July 2011), Site Allocations and Policies DPD (adopted October 2014), and Minerals Core Strategy and Development Control Policies (adopted October 2010). This covers the plan period of 2011 to 2026. The Local Plan Review is being undertaken to extend the plan period to 2036.

Further information about Rutland’s Local Plan can be found online at: www.rutland.gov.uk/localplan

 

REVISED TIMETABLE

The timetable for the production of Rutland’s Local Plan is being reviewed so the implications of St George’s Barracks can be fully incorporated into a single planning document – setting out the vision for growth and development in our county right up to 2036.

The amended timetable for Rutland’s Local Plan will involve an additional round of non-statutory public consultation. This additional consultation, which will consider the implications of any potential development at St George’s Barracks, will help to shape the form and content of the new Local Plan for Rutland.

The new Local Plan will also provide greater certainty on the local development process and proposed planning policies for Rutland. The preparation of a new Local Plan provides the opportunity for all our communities to help shape what Rutland will look like in the future.

 

CURRENT STATUS

Rutland’s latest Local Plan is formed by the adopted Core Strategy and the Site Allocation and Policies DPD.

A new Local Plan is being prepared to replace the adopted documents. Consultation on a draft Local Plan took place last summer. This draft was prepared before any significant work had taken place in relation to St George’s Barracks. As a result, the Local Plan did not take the site into consideration.

As time has passed and we know more about issues surrounding the Barracks, it is clear that the next version of the Local Plan must take the site into account. Extra work is now being done to plan for the inclusion of St George’s in the new Local Plan. This means the vision, objectives and spatial strategy for the Local Plan need to be updated. Consultation on the changes arising from this work will take place this summer.

Consideration also needs to be given to how the Local Plan addresses housing, employment and social development needs for the county as a whole. There is a legal requirement to review local plans on a regular basis so changes in circumstances, such as sites like St George’s Barracks, can be considered and planned for.

REVISED LOCAL PLAN TIMETABLE

COMPLETE

C

1. IDENTIFY ISSUES AND COLLECT EVIDENCE

REVIEW EXISTING POLICIES AND IDENTIFY ANY GAPS. UNDERTAKE RESEARCH THAT WILL INFORM THE LOCAL PLAN
C

2. CONSULT ON ISSUES AND OPTIONS DOCUMENT – NOVEMBER 2015 TO JANUARY 2016

TELL PEOPLE THAT THE LOCAL PLAN IS BEING PRODUCED AND ASK FOR VIEWS ON WHAT THE PLAN SHOULD COVER. MINIMUM SIX-WEEK CONSULTATION PERIOD
C

3. PREPARE CONSULTATIVE DRAFT LOCAL PLAN – UP TO JULY 2017

EVIDENCE AND COMMENTS RECEIVED HELP TO PRODUCE A DRAFT LOCAL PLAN
C

4. PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON CONSULTATIVE DRAFT LOCAL PLAN – AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2017

RCC CONSULTS ON THE DRAFT LOCAL PLAN

ONGOING

C

5. IMPROVE PLAN

THE COUNCIL REVIEWS COMMENTS RECEIVED AND ANY FURTHER EVIDENCE AS THEY IMPROVE THE LOCAL PLAN
C

5A. ADDITIONAL CONSULTATION – JUNE/JULY 2018

CONSULTATION ON A SPECIFIC PAPER ABOUT THE IMPLICATIONS OF INCLUDING THE POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT OF ST GEORGE’S BARRACKS IN THE LOCAL PLAN. MINIMUM SIX-WEEK CONSULTATION
C

6. PUBLISH PLAN – PUBLICATION

AFTER CONSULTATION, THE PLAN IS AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE TO COMMENT ON FOR A MINIMUM OF SIX WEEKS. THIS IS TO ESTABLISH IF THE PLAN IS SOUND FOR EXAMINATION IN PUBLIC
C

7. SUBMIT

AFTER ASSESSING FEEDBACK AND IF THE LOCAL PLAN IS THOUGHT TO BE SOUND, THE COUNCIL CAN SUBMIT IT TO THE PLANNING INSPECTORATE. IF THE COUNCIL WISHES TO IMPROVE THE PLAN, THEN STAGES 5 AND 6 ARE REPEATED
C

8. EXAMINE

THE PLAN IS EXAMINED BY AN INDEPENDENT PLANNING INSPECTOR, WHICH IS LIKELY TO INCLUDE PUBLIC HEARINGS
C

9. ADOPT

IF THE INDEPENDENT PLANNING INSPECTOR FINDS THE LOCAL PLAN SOUND, THE PLAN CAN BE ADOPTED BY THE AUTHORITY. IF THE INSPECTOR DOES NOT FIND THE LOCAL PLAN SOUND, THE PROCESS RETURNS TO STAGE 5