Local Development Plan Review

Preferred Strategy

The Preferred Strategy sets out the overall direction proposed for the replacement Local Development Plan.  It sets out the Plan’s vision, issues and objectives, preferred level of growth and spatial strategy and provides the strategic framework for more detailed policies. Nineteen Strategic Policies and five General Policies are proposed.


The Preferred Strategy, including the Key Diagram consultation ran between 17 December 2018 and 4 February 2019. 

The Preferred Strategy is the first formal publication in the LDP process and follows from previous consultation on Strategic Options and the ‘Call for Sites’ for inclusion within the replacement Local Development Plan.  An Easy Read Version of the Preferred Strategy is available.


The Preferred Strategy is published alongside the following documents -

  • A Candidate Sites Register.  The Authority has previously invited anyone with an interest in land to submit sites for consideration for inclusion within the Local   Development Plan. These sites are published in the Candidate Sites Register. An initial assessment of whether sites proposed for housing including as part of a mixed use site has been undertaken.  


  • The Local Development Plan . The report sets out what needs to change in the Local Development Plan and why.


  • Initial SA Report Preferred Strategy.  The initial appraisal has been undertaken to understand the social, environmental and economic effects of the preferred options, strategic and general policies proposed within the Preferred Strategy.  This should be read in conjunction with the SA Scoping Report and its associated Appendices.



  • An Equalities Impact Assessment has been undertaken. It assesses impact so as to understand the likely or actual impact on protected groups.


What happens next?

All responses will be considered by the Authority and the Authority will set out how comments have been taken into account for the Preferred Strategy.

A new schedule of Candidate Sites has been published, along with the Authority’s initial assessment of them as part of an updated Candidate Sites Register.




ID: 2506, revised 30/09/2019