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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

Statement of Community Involvement 2020

The Statement of Community Involvement 2020 sets out when and how stakeholders and the local community can get involved in the preparation of local plans, neighbourhood development plans and supplementary planning documents, and be involved in the process of decision making on planning applications.

There was a temporary addendum in relation to Covid 19 which can be viewed here. As restrictions have been lifted this addendum has now been revoked.

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 timing of the Design and Sustainability DPD requires amendment. A revised LDS was presented to Executive on 27th July 2022. The Executive resolved to recommend to Council that the Local Development Scheme 2022-2024 be approved to come into effect on 28th September 2022. The timetable agreed at Executive is provided below.

Scope and matters consultation (Regulation 18a)

Preferred approaches consultation (Regulation 18b)Draft DPD consultation (Regulation 19)Submission (Regulation 22)Examination hearing sessions (Regulation 24)Main modification consultationAdoption (Regulation 26)

October to November 2022

April to May 2023September to October 2023March to April 2024June to July 2024September to October 2024December 2026

Once the revised timetable is approved, the Local Development Scheme 2022-2024 will replace the Local Development Scheme 2021-2024. The timetables for delivery of the Local Plan Review and Gypsy and Traveller DPD remain unchanged.


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