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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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All Nottingham City Planning Documents are made available through Nottingham Insight. To view these links in a new browser window please hold CTRL on your keyboard and click the link.

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.

The Nottingham City Aligned Core Strategy (part 1) Local Plan is anticipated to be adopted on 8 September 2014, see below for details.

 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 Inspector who has examined the document has now issued her report.  She has found the Councils' plans to be sound subject to the modifications discussed and put forward following the examination hearings and consulted on during March and April 2014 (with one exception in respect of Bestwood in Gedling Borough).The Council will now consider the recommendations of the Inspector with a view to formal adoption of the plan on 8 September 2014.

Click on the links below to view the following documents 

Details for the examination and key documents can be found on the Growth Point website.

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. 

Current Consultation

Green Belt Assessment Framework
Broxtowe Borough Council are undertaking a consultation on behalf the following Councils: Ashfield District Council, Broxtowe Borough Council, Gedling Borough Council and Nottingham City Council, the consultation relates to the proposed assessment framework for undertaking a Green Belt review.

Although Nottingham City only has a small amount of Green Belt and the Land and Planning Policies Document (LAPP) proposes only minimal changes to this, it is considered appropriate to be consistent with the adjoining authorities, and to ensure there is up to date evidence to support the LAPP.  Nottingham City is therefore also party to the consultation process.

The Green Belt assessment framework will provide a structure to enable the Councils to undertake a robust assessment of Green Belt boundaries within their area.  The Green Belt assessment framework document can be viewed here.  Paper copies are also available to view at the respective Councils' Main offices' and local libraries.

The consultation will close at 5pm Friday 19th September 2014.

If you have any comments to make please send them either;

by email to: policy@broxtowe.gov.uk

Or in writing to:
Planning Policy Team
Council Offices
Foster Avenue
Beeston
Nottinghamshire
NG9 1AB

Current Consultation - Nottingham City Land and Planning Policies (part 2 Local Plan) Additional Site - DS110 Prospect Place

Nottingham City Council has previously consulted citizens on a new Local Plan for Nottingham. The Land & Planning Policies Development Plan Document (also known as the Local Plan part 2) will help shape new development in the city, and includes suggestions for potential new development sites.

Since that consultation closed, a further site at Prospect Place (see plan) has been proposed for allocation within the Local Plan as land for residential use (family housing). Whilst not considered to be a Preferred Option by the Council at this stage, it has been put forward for consultation purposes.

Comments on the potential development site at Prospect Place may be made by email to localplan@nottinghamcity.gov.uk or in writing to the City Council's office at:

Development Department
Planning Policy
Loxley House
Station Street
Nottingham
NG2 3NG

All comments should be made by 26th September 2014.

Current Consultation - Nottingham City Land and Planning Policies (part 2 Local Plan) Additional Site - DS111 Land Adjacent The Portal (former Furlong House, Peyton House and Tan Building) on the corner of  Castle Bridge Rd (east side) and Queens Drive(north of)

Nottingham City Council has previously consulted citizens on a new Local Plan for Nottingham. The Land & Planning Policies Development Plan Document (also known as the Local Plan part 2) will help shape new development in the city, and includes suggestions for potential new development sites.

Since that consultation closed, a further site at Land Adjacent The Portal word icon (see plan) [1Mb] has been proposed for allocation within the Local Plan as land for Employment including offices (B1) , ancillary retail (A1) with potential residential use. Whilst not considered to be a Preferred Option by the Council at this stage, it has been put forward for consultation purposes.

Comments on the potential development site at Land Adjacent The Portal may be made by email to localplan@nottinghamcity.gov.uk or in writing to the City Council's office at:-

Development Department
Planning Policy
Loxley House,
Station Street,
Nottingham,
NG2 3NG

All comments should be made by 3rd October 2014.

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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