The Development Plan and related policy
For further information about the Development Plan and related policy, contact our Planning Policy Team.
Local Development Framework
The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 introduced a new planning system. Local planning authorities must prepare a Local Development Framework (LDF) which comprises a folder of documents for delivering the spatial strategy for the area. Development Plan Documents (DPDs) within the LDF must include a Core Strategy and Proposals Map.
The LDF also includes Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) which expand on and give advice on how development plan policies can be implemented; a Statement of Community Involvement (SCI), the Local Development Scheme (LDS) which sets out a
programme for the preparation of Development Plan Documents (DPDs); and the Annual Monitoring Report.
In June 2010, the government announced that Regional Spatial Strategies, formerly part of the Development Plan, would be revoked.
The new plan making system allows for policies of the adopted City of Leicester Local Plan 2006 to be saved within the LDF, as part of the Development Plan.
Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) expand on and give advice on how development plan policies can be implemented.
Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) linked to saved local plan policies will continue to provide guidance on how these policies can be implemented. Other policy guidance will be taken into account in deciding planning applications.
The Council is also developing a Surface Water Management Plan (SWMP) to tackle the risk of flooding from extreme rainfall and storm events.
Waste Development Framework
The City Council and
County Council have jointly prepared a Waste Development Framework to set out how
facilities for the management of waste produced in the County and
City will be catered for. The Joint Waste Core Strategy was adopted in October 2--9.
Planning applications - advice and guidance
Advice and guidance on development proposals and planning applications are contained on our page: Advice for Planning Applicants and Developers .
Designing for disabled people
We can provide advice about improving accessibility, particularly for disabled and older
people. See our page Design and Access for Disabled People.
Government plans and policy
The Government also publishes national planning policy guidance.