The Local Plan Review 2023-44 is proposed to replace the current Local Plan adopted in 2019. The Local Plan is an important document as it will determine what Peterborough and the surrounding villages will look like in the future. It provides a vision on how our city can become an even better place to live, work and visit.
The Local Plan Review will address a range of issues that include (but not limited to):
- Climate change
- Natural environment
Issues and Options consultation
We consulted on the 'Issues and Options Consultation Document' between 28 July and 29 September 2023. A Story Map and a short video supported the document. We based the consultation document around a structured questionnaire which provided background information on a range of planning issues and set out a series of questions about what could be included in a new Local Plan.
We also held a Call for Sites exercise between 18 May and 29 September 2023. This sought suggestions for local green spaces and suggestions for changes to the village boundaries during the Issues and Options consultation.
Following the Issues and Options consultation, Call for Sites and Local Green Space site suggestion consultation, we have read and summarised all the comments and submissions made. We have published documents that provide a summary of those comments and submissions. These documents are:
- A Key Issues Report, summarising representations made on the Issues and Options Document.
- A Strategic Housing, Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) which lists all sites suggested as part of the public consultation
- A Suggested Local Green Space Designations report setting out sites suggested for designation as Local Green Spaces
Additionally, you can view:
- An interactive map showing sites submitted through the Call for Sites exercise, alongside basic site information
- An interactive map showing sites submitted for consideration as Local Green Spaces
The sites identified in the SHELAA document and shown on the interactive map are not in any way 'approved' or supported by the council. They are merely a collection of sites submitted to us as part of the Call for Sites exercise. At this stage, we have not carried out any assessments or made any decisions.
We will fully assess all sites against the detailed site selection methodology. Following the detailed site assessment process, we will include the preferred sites in the Draft Local Plan. We will publish an evidence report alongside the Draft Local Plan that will identify all sites suggested to us. The report will include a full reason and justification for the proposed selection of a site or not.
We have now processed all the comments received during the consultation. We will take them into consideration alongside a range of other evidence that we are gathering as we prepare the Draft Local Plan. We expect to publish the Draft Local Plan for consultation in autumn 2024.
A Local Development Scheme (LDS) (opens Microsoft Sharepoint) came into effect on 26 January 2023. It sets out the timetable and all the consultation stages involved in the preparation of a new Local Plan for Peterborough. We have also provided a monthly live updated of progress.
However, the Local Plan timetable has slipped. We now expect to hold the Draft Local Plan consultation during autumn 2024. We have supplied the revised timetable below.
Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report
The Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report sets out the proposed methodology and framework that includes objectives and indicators to measure progress against. This methodology and framework will then be used for the Sustainability Appraisal of the Local Plan.
If you wish to receive notifications of consultations and progress of the Local Plan preparation, please let us know.
Local Plan Review - document library
As preparation of the new plan progresses, we will update the contents of the library with new documents as we produce them. The Planning Policy Library (opens Microsoft Sharepoint) contains all the Local Plan Review documents, along with relevant evidence and other documents that support the plan.