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Local planning policy and guidance

Coronavirus update - Plan-making

View details of how normal regulations and services may be affected

Progressing the Local Plan during the pandemic

As far as is practicable during the current pandemic, we continue to meet the requirements for public consultation and engagement with developing planning policy which are set out in our Statement of Community Involvement (SCI).

Our current adopted SCI is the Neighbourhood Planning Protocol (NPP). We are currently reviewing this document, and preparing a replacement. Where necessary, we will make further changes to the new SCI in response to Covid-19 circumstances.  

In consulting on planning policy documents, we will follow the updated guidance set in the NPPG.  This means we will make greater use of online consultation methods and events, and we will make all reasonable efforts to publicise consultations and accept comments from those without internet access. We are working on replacing the normal availability of hard-copy documents for consultations at deposit stations with online availability.


We make decisions about planning applications, based on national and local planning policy. You can find national policy documents on the Planning Portal. To find out more about local policy, or to get involved in setting the policy for your area, choose a category below.

We are updating our Local Plan with a public consultation from 7 January to 18 February.

View the Local Plan Partial Update consultation