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 Submission Version of the Land and Planning – Local Plan Part 2 (LAPP) was approved by the Full Council on 5th March to be submitted along with all supporting documentation to the Secretary of State for Examination. Details can be found here

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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 policies in the 'saved' Local Plan have been deleted as replaced by policies in the Core Strategy (see below).

Nottingham City Aligned Core Strategy sets out strategic planning policies and development principles for Nottingham City to guide development until 2028. The ACS was 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.

Click on the links below to view the associated documents

The ‘Saved’ Local Plan

The 'saved' Local Plan (2005) 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:

Nottingham City Land and Planning Policies Document (LAPP)

The Local Plan Part 2, when adopted, will

  • set out planning policies for Nottingham City
  • guide how decisions on planning applications will be made
  • allocate land for development

The Submission Version of the Land and Planning – Local Plan Part 2 (LAPP) was approved by the Full Council on 5th March to be submitted along with all supporting documentation to the Secretary of State for Examination. Details can be found here.

This follows on from the Revised Publication Version stage consultation that was undertaken in 2017.  Some changes are proposed in the Submission version in response to comments made and to bring the LAPP up to date.

Future Stages of the Plan Preparation

The indicative timetable for the production of the LAPP is shown below:

LAPP Preparation Stage


Publication Version consultation

29 January 2016 to 11 March 2016 COMPLETE

Revised Publication Version

Friday 29th September to Friday 10th November COMPLETE


Spring 2018


Summer 2018

Receipt of Inspectors Report

Autumn 2018


Winter 2018

Details of previous stages of the LAPP can be found here

Current Consultation

There is no consultation taking place at this time.

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) 2017 - 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. In addition details of the annual monitoring of this document can be found here.

Greater Nottingham Strategic Flood Risk Addendum was published in September 2017. The addendum improves the quality of information available to highlight development constraints and opportunities for environmental enhancement. Further information, links to the document, and updated flood risk data can be found here.

Nottingham City Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment

The current Housing Land Availability Report and the associated plans can be viewed by clicking the link below.

Housing Land Availability Report 2017

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. You can access the folder of documents here.

The following types of document are available:

Community Infrastructure Levy

Nottingham City Council does not currently have in place a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). Should the Council decide to introduce CIL, consultation on the level of CIL to be charged will take place with interested parties prior to Public Examination.  Further information on CIL can be found on the Planning Portal.

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

Contact Us

Planning and Building Control LH Box 5 Loxley House Station Street Nottingham NG2 3NG United Kingdom localplan@nottinghamcity.gov.uk
Tel: 0115 876 4594

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