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Planning policy provides the framework to guide and control the development of land and buildings in the area and sets out proposals as to how it should develop in the future. The policies are then used to assess planning applications and to decide what development is suitable.
The Planning Policy Team is responsible for preparing and maintaining a wide range of policies through documents including the Local Development Framework – a collection of documents that will in time replace the City of Stoke-on-Trent Local Plan (adopted 1993).
The City Council has produced an Information Bulletin which provides an up to date and simplified summary of the planning policy framework for the city. This has been updated for the financial year of 2013/14 and can be accessed from the following link:-
Local Development Framework
The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (and subsequent amendments including the Localism Act) changed the way we plan for the future of Stoke-on-Trent. It replaced the old system, which included the Structure Plan and City Local Plan, with a new system made up of the Local Development Framework (including the remaining saved policies) and national planning guidance where relevant. These together deliver the spatial planning strategy for the City of Stoke-on-Trent.
Plan Making Milestones
The Information Bulletin details the Local Development Documents to be prepared that will make up the new framework; the subject and area covered by each of the documents; and a timetable to prepare, revise and adopt the new plans.
A summary of plan making milestones has been updated and can be accessed from the following link:-
Core Spatial Strategy
The adopted Core Spatial Strategy sets out a broad framework for the future development of the whole of Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent. The Strategy provides the overall planning framework which is used to assess current development proposals and will be taken forward in future planning documents.
The strategy supports the delivery of North Staffordshire Regeneration Partnership regeneration priorities in the City and North Staffordshire and is based on extensive consultation with key stakeholders.
It seeks to deliver targeted regeneration to meet projected development needs in accordance with sustainability principles and to maximise development within the Inner Urban Core of the City. Bespoke Area Spatial Strategies are set out for the City Centre; Inner Urban Core and the rest of the City.
The strategy was assessed as part of the statutory examination into the ‘soundness’ of the document in 2009. The Planning Inspector, appointed by the Secretary of State, subsequently found the strategy ‘sound’. The strategy was formally adopted by the City Council in October 2009.
The Core Spatial Strategy and supporting background information can be accessed by clicking on the link on the left hand side of this page.
Area Action Plans
An Area Action Plan provides more detailed proposals for relatively small areas of the City compared to the Core Spatial Strategy which looks at broader issues over a wider area.
Further information on Area Action Plans can be found by accessing the link on the left hand side of this page.
Supplementary Planning Documents
Supplementary Planning Documents provide additional detailed guidance to explain policies and proposals. The process for preparing these documents is similar to that for preparing Development Plan Documents but is simplified.
Further information on Supplementary Planning Documents can be found by accessing the link on the left hand side of this page.
On 7 September 2007 the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government issued a formal direction saving a limited number of plan policies. A copy of the direction can be accessed by clicking the link on left hand side of this page.
Policies in the Core Spatial Strategy have replaced a number of the saved City of Stoke-on-Trent Local Plan (adopted 1993) policies. This is set out within Appendix 6 of the Core Spatial Strategy. However, a few still remain until they will be replaced by more detailed policies in site allocation plans to follow.
The City Council has produced a composite list of saved development plan policies at the local and county wide level. This provides a simplified summary of the planning policy framework for the city. This can be accessed from the following link:
The following documents have been amended to reflect the saving direction. Please refer to the composite policy list when looking at the following documents.
Proposals Map – Local Development Framework Proposals Map:-
Structure Plan (click here) - Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Structure Plan 1996-2011. Adopted May 2001. - Updated to show saving direction. (external site - opens in new window)
City Plan 2001 (click here) – City Local Plan 2001 Written Statement. Adopted September 1993. - Updated to show saving direction.
Minerals Local Plan (click here) - Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Mineral Local Plan 1994-2006. - Adopted December 1999. - Updated to show saving direction.
Waste Local Plan (click here) - Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Waste Local Plan 1998-2011. Adopted February 2003. - Updated to show saving direction.
The planning policy team undertakes an extensive monitoring programme related to the Local Development Framework. The key document which provides the information on the Local Development Framework is the annual monitoring report:-
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