Draft Development Management Plan Publication

Thank you for your interest in the Council’s draft Development Management Plan (DMP), Policies Map, and supporting documents. Publication (Regulation 19) follows the Consultation (Regulation 18) undertaken in Summer 2016 where we sought the public’s views on proposed objectives, policy approaches and potential site designations.  Responses from the Regulation 18 consultation have been assessed and taken into account in this final draft version of the DMP, and we invite you to comment on the plan, which the council considers is ready for examination. Following this opportunity to comment, the draft DMP and other relevant documents, together with the representations received under Regulation 19, will be submitted to the Secretary of State, and an Examination organised by an independent Planning Inspector. The Regulation 19 DMP and evidence base can be found here.

You are welcome to make comments on any aspect of the plan, but the Inspector’s role is focused, as explained in the National Planning Policy Framework paragraph 182 on assessing whether the plan has been prepared in accordance with legal and procedural requirements (including the Duty to Cooperate between public bodies), and whether it is “sound” (that is, whether the plan is justified, effective, consistent with national planning policy, and positively prepared.)

To assist further in making your representations, we have produced a guidance note that explains these topics in more detail, provides general advice for making representations, and explains how you can register your interest in attending the Public Hearings. This guidance note can be found here.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact the Planning Policy team at or 01737 276178. 

PLEASE NOTE: You need to complete the survey in one sitting, you cannot save your answers to finish at a later date. This is to allow more than one survey to be submitted from a single computer. You can, of course, click through the survey to look at the questions and then actually fill in the survey at a later date when you have had time to consider your answers.