Preferred Options

The Preferred Options Local Plan 2021 document is available to view online at the Council's Consultation Portal

Or alternatively you can view the document as a PDF below:

This consultation document sets out the Council's preferred approach to development growth in the District up to 2040. The document sets out the current preferred spatial approach in terms of where development will be focused and the draft policies which will be used to determine planning applications. It is important to note that this is not the final stage of the plan as we are continuing to complete a number of key pieces of evidence, which may influence the final version of the plan. However, it provides an indication of our preferred approach at this stage.

It has been highlighted to us that the description of some of the sites in the Local Plan Preferred Options could be clearer. Although all sites are accompanied with individual site location maps, for further clarity please find below the revised site location descriptions.

  • BRAY-B, page 191 of the consultation document. The site location is described as “land south of Brackenhill Lane”. For clarity this site is East of Moat Way/North of Evergreen Way.
  • HENS-L, page 227 of the consultation document. The site location is described as “Land north of Weeland Road”. For clarity this site is North of Wand Lane.
  • SHER-AA, page 267  of the consultation document. The site is described as Land to Prospect Farm, Low Street. For clarity this site is the land to the North of the Former Gascoigne Wood Mine Site.
  • ULLE-K, page 303 of the consultation document. This site is described as Land South of Barley Horn Road . For clarity this site is land to the East of Bell Lane

As part of the preparation of the Preferred Options Local Plan 2021, there have been a number of evidence base documents that have been prepared to support the document, these are available to view online at the Council's Consultation Portal.

Alternatively links to these are available below:

For all other evidence base documents please see here.

To see our frequently asked questions related to the Local Plan and Preferred Options Consultation please click here

​Consultation Events

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we held two virtual public meetings on the 11 and 16 February 2021 starting at 6:30pm. The purpose of these sessions was to provide information about the Local Plan including the proposed "preferred" sites. These sessions also provided members of the public with a chance to ask questions. The questions and answers from these two virtual public meetings can be viewed here.