Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council are in the process of updating the Local Plan for the Borough. The purpose of the Local Plan is to provide a planning policy framework to direct growth and change to appropriate locations in the Borough, and therefore achieve sustainable development to create places people want to live, work and locate their businesses. The plan covers all types of development, from housing to employment, schools, roads, parks, shops and community facilities, The Local Plan also includes a range of planning polices to inform the location, scale and appearance of developments. When adopted it will form part of the Development Plan for the area.
The current Local Plan was adopted in May 2016 and covers the period 2011 to 2029. National guidance now promotes the concept of an on-going cycle of plan making and review, which is reinforced by a legal requirement to review Plans every five years. Following an initial review, which considered recent changes to national planning policy, including the introduction of a new approach for assessing local housing need, the council has taken the decision to update the current adopted Local Plan.
More details on the Local Plan Update can be found on the Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council website here.