The Local Plan

The Local Plan

The Local Plan is made up of a series of planning documents that together form an overall set of rules. The council’s Planning Committee must normally take these rules into account when making planning decisions on things like new homes, shops and other facilities, so it’s important they are right and meet the ambitions of local people.

The Local Plan is the key local planning policy document. It is underpinned by an evidence base to ensure that all future planning policy and decisions are based on robust and up-to-date information.

Local plans have a set lifespan before they are reviewed. They are very complex and their policies can be backdated as well as forward dated. In addition some policies from the plans will be carried forward to the next plan (beyond the lifespan limit of the plan as a whole) before they are eventually superseded.

Current and developing policies


The Local Plan: Second Review (2006)

The Local Plan: Second Review was adopted at the end of March 2006 and remains part of the Statutory Development Plan.

The Local Plan: Second Review will eventually be superseded by the new Local Plan.

Some policies were removed from 1 April 2009 by the Government Office for the South East. The remaining Local Plan policies will continue to be saved until they are replaced by the new Local Plan. The adopted Joint Core Strategy has already replaced some policies.

Status of Saved Local Plan policies in relation to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) does not change the statutory status of the Development Plan as the starting point for decision making (NPPF paragraph 12). The NPPF adds (paragraph 215) that due weight should be given to relevant policies in existing plans according to their degree of consistency with the framework; the closer the policies in the plan to the policies in the Framework, the greater the weight that they may be given. 

The saved policies in the East Hampshire District Local Plan: Second Review that accord with the NPPF therefore remain the starting point for assessing the acceptability of development proposals. The policies within the Local Plan have been assessed for their compliance within the NPPF. 

On 28 February 2013 East Hampshire District Council resolved to approve the extent to which Second Review: Local Plan policies comply with the NPPF.

This table is used during the development management process to help determine the relative weight that should be given to Local Plan and NPPF policies.

The Local Plan Part 1 (Joint Core Strategy)

The Joint Core Strategy (JCS) was adopted by EHDC on 8 May 2014 and by the South Downs National Park Authority on 26 June 2014.

The South Downs National Park Authority is now developing its own Local Plan that will replace the JCS for their area.

The Local Plan Part 2: Housing and Employment Allocations

The Local Plan Part 3: Consultation

A number of other planning policies regarding local gaps, special character areas and a variety of other development management policies remain saved in the Local Plan Second Review (produced in 2006).

These are all being reviewed in the Local Plan Part 3: Development Management Policies and Other Allocations. A timetable for this work is included in the Local Development Scheme.

Key dates:

  • Local Plan Part 3 Consultation - Early consultation April 2016
  • Publication of Local Plan Part 3 Pre Submission Plan: tbc
  • Local Plan Part 3 Examination: tbc
  • Local Plan Part 3 Adoption: tbc