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The Local Plan and Planning Policy

The Local Plan sets out the strategic and spatial land-use planning framework for Nottingham City.

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The Adopted Local Plan

In Nottingham the current Local Plan comprises the 'saved' Local Plan policies, which were adopted in November 2005.

The 'saved' Local Plan policies contain detailed planning policies against which all planning applications are judged. It is accompanied by an adopted Proposals Map which sets out areas of protection and areas of land designated for particular land uses.

 Click here to view the 'saved' Local Plan, Proposals Map and accompanying documents.

The Emerging Local Plan

Work is currently underway to prepare a new Local Plan for Nottingham City. In the future the Local Plan will comprise two documents:

  • the Nottingham City Aligned Core Strategy (part 1 Local Plan); and
  • the Nottingham City Land and Planning Policies (part 2 Local Plan)

Nottingham City Aligned Core Strategy (part 1 Local Plan)

The Nottingham City Aligned Core Strategy (ACS) sets out strategic planning policies and development principles for Nottingham City to guide development until 2028. The ACS is being jointly prepared with Broxtowe and Gedling Borough Councils with close alignment to the other Council's Core Strategies which make up Greater Nottingham namely Erewash and Rushcliffe Borough Councils. The ACS is currently draft and at the Examination Stage. Details can be found on the ACS Examination page

Details of the Main Modification consultation taking from Monday 17th March until 5:00pm on Wednesday 30th April 2014 can be found here.

Nottingham City Land and Planning Policies (part 2 Local Plan)

Sets out planning policies which will guide how decisions on planning applications will be made in the future. It also includes potential sites for new development.  The preferred option version of the LAPP has recently been consulted upon with the consultation ending on 2 December 2013.  This follows on from previous preparation stages which were the:

The responses to the consultation are currently being analysed and will be compiled into a report of consultation that will inform the next stage of the document.  The Local Development Scheme which sets out the timetable for the production of planning documents anticipates that the document will be at "publication stage" in August 2014.  The plan will then be submitted to the Government for and review and approval an Independent Inspector from the Planning Inspectorate.

 The LAPP consists of two main documents:

A Word version of the Land and Planning Policies Documents is also available. Other documents can be provided in the same format if required.

To view the supporting documents and background papers please click on the links below. 

Background Documents

Supporting documents 

Paper copies of the Local Plan can also be viewed at city libraries and our offices at Loxley House. 

Any questions?

Please contact the Policy and Research Team if you would like to know more or require any of the information in a different format.

Policy and Research Team
Loxley House
Station Street
Nottingham
NG2 3NG
Tel: 0115 8763970
Email: localplan@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Further Local Planning Documents

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets out Nottingham City Council's policy for involving communities when preparing planning documents and considering planning applications.

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) sets out timetables for when each of the planning documents will be prepared by the City Council. The City Council keeps the timetables set out in the LDS under review and reports progress in the Authority Monitoring Report.

The Authority Monitoring Report (AMR) 2013 monitors and assesses the City Council's progress against the timetables set out in the LDS, and is published annually. The AMR also assesses the effectiveness of policies and objectives set out in the planning documents.

The Nottinghamshire and Nottingham Waste Core Strategy (WCS) is jointly prepared by Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Councils. It sets out the scale, location and type of facilities required to manage different types of waste in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. The WCS was adopted on 10 December 2013.  You can view the Waste Core Strategy; the formal Adoption Statement and the Sustainability Appraisal Adoption Statement here.

The Nottinghamshire & Nottingham Waste Site Allocations and Development Management Policies Document will set out locations and policies for waste facilities and will also set out detailed policies against which to determine waste planning applications. Work on this document has not yet begun.

Nottingham City Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) / Housing Land Availability Report

The SHLAA has been reviewed and has led to a new Housing Land Availability Report.

Adopted Supplementary Planning Documents & Guidance

These are supporting documents which add further detail to the planning policies set out in the adopted Local Plan. Access the folder of documents via this link. The following types of document are available:

You can find out more about the planning process and the preparation of planning policy documents at the Planning Portal



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