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 , 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.


  • HRA Screening of Preferred Strategy  has been prepared to assess the impact of the policies of the Preferred Strategy on Natura 2000 Sites. It is a high level strategic screening of the Strategy at this stage of the LDP.


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


Initial Consultation Report


The Initial Consultation Report has been produced to identify how the Authority undertook its Preferred Strategy Consultation which is a formal stage in the Local Development Plan Review process.   


Initial Consultation Report

Appendix A LDP 2 Preferred Strategy Responses

Appendix B Revised Hierarchy Commentary for Council April 2019

Appendix C LDP 2 Review Report

Appendix D LDP 2 Initial SA and HRA Responses

Appendix E Preferred Strategy Track changes March 2019






ID: 2506, revised 12/12/2019