Design and Sustainability DPD

What is the Design and Sustainability Development Plan Document?

The Council is commencing on the production of a Design and Sustainability Development Plan Document (DPD). The Council resolved to prepare a DPD at the Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Committee on the 21st September 2021.  This DPD will form a part of the Development Plan, in addition to the Local Plan Review and other DPD’s.

The Design and Sustainability DPD will be focused on non-spatial planning policies and will achieve higher quality and more sustainable design across the Borough.  The DPD will sit alongside and build on the policies in the Local Plan Review, and will provide the basis for Development Management decision making, it will reinforce Development Management decisions, and provide stronger defence to planning appeals. The DPD will be focussed on matters pertaining to the achievement of high-quality development which contributes to sustainability at a number of levels, and which makes a significant contribution to the biodiversity and climate change agenda of the Council.

The DPD will be informed by evidence to justify and the adoption of higher design and sustainability standards where these can be achieved.  It will specifically cover matters in relation to:

  • Water efficiency
  • Low carbon energy
  • Sustainable buildings
  • Building design
  • Biodiversity and landscaping
  • Open space provision
  • Sustainable connectivity
  • Internal space standards
  • Lighting

DPD Process

Local Development Scheme

We're required by government to prepare a Local Development Scheme (LDS). A LDS sets out the timetable for the delivery of planning policy documents like our Local Plan.

We adopted our Local Plan in October 2017 and are currently reviewing it. The Local Development Scheme 2021-2023 was approved by Full Council on 14th July 2021 and outlined the timetable for our Local Plan Review.

The LDS has been amended to include the Design and Sustainability DPD and the Gypsy and Traveller DPD. The Local Development Scheme 2021-2024 was approved by Full Council on 8th December and took effect the same day.

The public notice can be viewed here.

Local Development Scheme: Addendum

The Council is required to prepare a Local Development Scheme (LDS). A LDS sets out the timetable for the delivery and outline content of planning policy documents.

The LDS 2021 - 2024 was approved by Full Council on 8th December 2021 and took effect the same day.

The Council will be updating its LDS to reflect changes to the timing of the Design and Sustainability DPD. The current timetable indicates a public consultation taking place from April 2022, which will now take place at a later date. Once a revised timetable is approved, an updated LDS will replace the LDS 2021 – 2024.

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