Local Plans set out the strategic priorities for development of an area and cover commercial, housing, private and public development, including transport infrastructure, along with protection for the local environment. They are made up of a series of documents that should set out clear guidance on what development will and won’t be permitted in your area. It is not too late to have your land considered for a planning designation under the new Local Plans, however the final deadlines are approaching fast.
The Local Plans set out the developments and infrastructure communities need, and should include policies to deliver:
- Housing, including affordable homes;
- Retail, leisure and other commercial development;
- Energy, including from renewable sources;
- Education, police, health and community facilities;
- Infrastructure for transport, waste, energy, telecoms, water supply and sewage treatment;
- Protection and enhancement of the historic and natural environment, including landscape, open space, wildlife, listed buildings and archaeology; and
- Protection of homes and property from flooding from rivers and the sea.
The Northumberland Local Plan and Durham Local Plan set out the planning framework for much of the North East and determines much of the land usage for the next 10 years and beyond. The deadlines to have land considered for these plans are approaching fast – on 29 May 2019, the Northumberland Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for independent examination.
If you own land in the North East, contact us as soon as possible and we will work to help realise its true potential. We will help to influence the local plan and have your land considered for a planning designation, vastly increasing the value of the land.
We will detail more information about the Local Plans in upcoming posts, as well as across our social media.