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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 Local Plan comprises the Nottingham City Aligned Core Strategy (part 1 Local Plan) (adopted on 8 September 2014, see below for details.) and the 'saved' Local Plan policies, which were adopted in November 2005. Many other policies in the 'saved' Local Plan have been deleted as set out in Appendix E of the Core Strategy.

Nottingham City Aligned Core Strategy Part 1 Local Plan

pdf icon The Nottingham City Aligned Core Strategy [6Mb] sets out strategic planning policies and development principles for Nottingham City to guide development until 2028. The ACS has been 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 examined the document issued her report in July 2014 . She 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 Village in Gedling Borough)..

The Council considered the recommendations of the Inspector and formally adopted the plan on 8 September 2014.The Adoption Statement [15kb] gives further details on the above and explains how any person aggrieved by the adoption of the Core Strategy may make an application to the High Court under Section 113 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.

The Council considered the recommendations of the Inspector and formally adopted the Adoption Statement [15kb] the plan on 8 September 2014.

Click on the links below to view the associated documents

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

The saved Local Plan

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

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 was  consulted upon in late 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 and it is anticipated that the document will be at "publication stage" in 2015.  The plan will then be submitted to the Government for review by an Independent Inspector from the Planning Inspectorate.

The most recent public version of 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 office at Loxley House. 

Current Consultation

There are no current consultations taking place.  It is anticipated that the Land and Planning Policies Document (part 2 Local Plan) will be consulted upon next in 2015.

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
Telephone: 0115 876 3970
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.

pdf icon The Authority Monitoring Report (AMR) [2Mb]  2014 - INTERIM 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. This AMR is interim with a version containing five year housing supply, employment losses to housing and some updated student data being produced in early 2015

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 and 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

The current Housing Land Availability Report can be viewed here.

Adopted Supplementary Planning Documents and 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:

Useful External Links

  • NPPF - National Planning Policy Framework: was published on 27 March 2012 and sets out the Government's planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied
  • PPG - Planning Practice Guidance: this website resource brings together many areas of English planning guidance into a new format, linked to the National Planning Policy Framework and relevant legislation
  • Plain English guide to the Planning System: explains how the planning system in England works by providing a plain English guide.  It is only an overview and so does not set out new planning policy or guidance
  • Planning Portal: is the UK Government's online planning and building regulations system in England and Wales and is intended to be the first point of call for anyone wanting to find out about planning
  • Planning Inspectorate: deals with planning appeals, national infrastructure planning applications, examinations of local plans and other planning-related and specialist casework in England and Wales"


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