Core strategy

The Core Strategy is the principal planning document that sets out the vision, spatial strategy and core policies that are used for shaping future development in the Borough up to 2026.

Core Strategy 

Please note that as the Government has withdrawn the Code for Sustainable Homes and removed consideration for energy requirements from national policy and guidance, no weight can be given to matters set out in the first paragraph of Core Strategy Policy CS27 'Sustainable Buildings'. There is also no longer a need to complete a Climate Neutral Checklist.

Please see Developer Contributions for updated information regarding Core Strategy Policy CS21: Affordable Housing.

Policies map

The policies map shows allocations and designations arising from policies in the Core Strategy.

National policy

When planning permission is required, the proposed development will need to comply with national policy and guidance as well as local policies. The policies each applicant will need to consider will depend on the location, type and size of development.

National Planning Policy Framework sets out National Policy

The Government has also produced National Planning Practice Guidance that provides more detail on the policies set out in the NPPF. This guidance is only available online.

Supporting documents -  Core Strategy, 2011

Addendum: Regional spatial strategy conformity statement
Local Plans and the NPPF- compatibility self-assessment checklist
Impact of the NPPF on cross references to previous national planning policy within the Core Strategy
Core Strategy adoption statement
Inspector's report
Sustainability appraisal 

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