The council is required to publish a Local Development Scheme (LDS) which sets out the scope and project timetable for the production of the Local Development Plan documents. The LDS enables the local community to find out about planning policies for their area and sets out the timetable for the production of the future Local Plan documents, giving dates for key production and public consultation stages as well as outlining the subject matter and the geographical extent.
The production of an LDS is required under Section 15 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended by the Localism Act 2011) and is accompanied by a number of detailed regulations.
Since the production of the 2017 LDS, significant progress has been made towards Local Plan adoption. In December 2017, the council submitted a Regulation 22 version of the Local Plan to the Planning Inspectorate, with this signalling the commencement of the Examination process. The council's position in this regard is set out in the revised LDS 2018.
The timetable for the production of a separate Gypsy and Traveller Development Plan Document (DPD) has also been updated in the most recent LDS and is reflected in the adopted LDS timetable.
The LDS 2018 was adopted by Full Council 19 April 2018.
The Authority Monitoring Report (AMR) gives an update of the current position and the future schedule of all of the documents within the scheme (above) as well as providing useful information and statistics about the borough such as population, job and employment floorspace growth, housing completions and permissions, and gains or losses to community facilities. The latest AMR was published in late 2017 for the April 2016 - March 2017 period.