The District Council is currently undertaking a Local Plan Review. The new Local Plan will replace the current Adopted Core Strategy, Site Allocations and Policies Local Plan and Kidderminster Central Area Action Plan. Please see the current Project Plan for the most up to date timetable.
As part of the Local Plan Review, the Council produced an “issues and options” document in 2015. This identified a number of potential options for locating new development in our area and also asked questions about the main issues and challenges which may affect the District both now and in the future. This was the first stage of the Local Plan Review and it was not the purpose of the Issues and Options document to allocate sites for future development. Rather it identified some broad areas for potential development in the future to encourage comment and debate. This did not necessarily mean that those broad areas would be subject to development within the new plan period.
The six week public consultation on the Issues and Options document closed on 16 October 2015. A large number of responses were received and were reported to Cabinet on 22 December 2015. All responses received have been used to help develop the Preferred Options stage of the Local Plan Review.
View the table of responses (4277K)
During the consultation period the Planning Policy Team hosted a number of drop-in sessions.
Sustainability Appraisal (SA) is required during the preparation of a Local Plan. The local planning authority must carry out an appraisal of the sustainability of the proposals. This will help the authority to assess how the plan will contribute to the achievement of sustainable development. Sustainability appraisal is integral to the preparation and development of a Local Plan, so work should start at the same time that work starts on developing the plan.
A consultation on the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report was undertaken between Monday 18th May and Monday 22nd June 2015. The comments are available to view and were used to amend the Scoping Report. A Revised SA Scoping Report was published alongside the Issues and Options Paper.