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will be carried forward to the next plan (beyond the lifespan limit of the plan as a whole) before they are eventually superseded.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 was adopted at the end of March 2006 and remains part of the Statutory Development Plan.
- Local Plan Chapter 1 - Plan Background (1.8 mb)
- Local Plan Chapter 2 - General Strategy (pdf 3.5 mb)
- Local Plan Chapter 3 - Countryside & Heritage (pdf 15 mb)
- Local Plan Chapter 4 - Transport, Energy and Pollution (8.5 mb)
- Local Plan Chapter 5 - Housing (pdf 18 mb)
- Local Plan Chapter 6 - Economy (pdf 8.1 mb)
- Local Plan Chapter 7 - Health and Community (pdf 6.5 mb)
- Local Plan Chapter 8 - Putting the Plan into Effect (pdf 8.5 mb)
The Local Plan: Second Review will eventually be superseded by the new Local Plan.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.
- Policies which still remain from the Local Plan: Second Review (pdf 123 kb)
- Local Plan GOSE Direction And Decision letter 2009 (pdf 2.3 mb)
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.
- NPPF Compliance Table (pdf 150 kb)
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 Joint Core Strategy (JCS) was adopted by EHDC on 8 May 2014 and by the South Downs National Park Authority on 26 June 2014.
- Joint Core Strategy (pdf 3.8 mb)
- JCS Maps (pdf 3 mb)
- JCS Sustainability Appraisal Report (pdf 2.6 mb)
- JCS Sustainability Appraisal Adoption Statement (pdf 63 kb)
- JCS Adoption Notice (pdf 12 kb)
- JCS Inspector's Report (pdf 164 kb)
- JCS Inspector's Report (Schedule of final modifications) (pdf 192 kb)
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 was adopted by the Council on 7 April 2016.
- The Local Plan (Part 2): Housing and Employment Allocations
- The Local Plan (Part 2) Policies maps
- Local Plan (Part 2) Sustainability Appraisal Report.
- Local Plan (Part 2) Sustainability Appraisal Adoption Statement.
- Local Plan (Part 2) Adoption Statement.
- Local Plan (Part 2) Inspector’s Report.
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.
- 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