The Local Development Framework is part of a new development plan system introduced by the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. Under this legislation Structure Plans, Local Plans and Unitary Development Plans are replaced by new types of development plan. At the regional level there will be a Regional Spatial Strategy for the East of England. At local level there will be a portfolio of statutory and non-statutory Local Development Documents known collectively as a Local Development Framework (LDF).
The development plans contained in the LDF will set out the policies and proposals to guide the development and use of land in the borough up to 2026. Please see how to access PDF files.
Please see our Core Strategy and Policies for Management of Development, Development Plan Document (DPD) web page for details of consultations since the Adoption of the Core Strategy on 21 December 2011.
At a Special Meeting held on 21 December 2011, Thurrock Council formally adopted the "Core Strategy" and accompanying Proposals Map. In accordance with Regulations the Council now gives formal notification of the adoption of the Core Strategy and publication of the Inspector's Report. See adoption statement below:
A link to the electronic version of the adopted Core Strategy and Proposals Map is provided below together with the Sustainability Appraisal Adoption Statement report, so that interested parties may inspect the documentation.
The Adoption Statement has been published in the local press and together with the Core Strategy, Proposals Map, Inspector's Report (see below) and Sustainability Appraisal Report are available for viewing from Friday 6 January 2012, at the Council's Civic Offices, Borough Libraries and Council Area Housing Offices during normal opening hours.
Thereafter, as soon as fully bound printed versions of the Core Strategy and Proposals Map have been received from the Council's printers, copies will be available to anyone wishing to purchase either a printed version or a CD-ROM.
In accordance with regulations the Inspector's Report has been published. A link to the Inspector's Binding Report and Appendices is provided below. The report is made available for viewing at the Council's Civic Offices, Borough Libraries and Council Area Housing Offices during normal opening hours. It should be noted that all the Inspector's changes are fully incorporated into the Adopted Core Strategy itself. The Binding Report version and Appendices (Schedules) made available here are in the precise form provided to the Council by the Inspector. For clarity:
In addition, the Council has produced a contents page attached to the maps, which are published as a separate PDF document. This contents page sets out the references to the Inspector's map changes as set out in her Main Report and Appendices (Schedules).
Thurrock Council submitted the Core Strategy to the Planning Inspectorate on 30 April 2010. The Core Strategy was subject to an Examination in Public (EiP) conducted by an Independent Planning Inspector during March 2011.
Miss Laura Graham BSc MA MRTPI was appointed to conduct the examination into the soundness of the document, and as of 6 October 2010 Louise St John Howe will be the Programme Officer for the Thurrock Council Core Strategy Examination in Public. Inspector Terry Kemmann-Lane JP DipTP FRTPI MCMI was appointed to assist Inspector Laura Graham BSc MA MRTPI with the minerals and waste aspect of the above-named examination.
Thurrock Council can confirm that it proposes Further Focused Changes with a period of representations. The matters covered by the Proposed Further Focused Changes are:
The Council sets out below a provisional timetable for the Proposed Further Focused Changes. The timetable does not at this stage include the need to make further changes following the representation period.
|Preparation and printing of Proposed Further Focused Changes and letters to consultees on database.||Current to 5 August 2011|
|Public Notice and delivery of documentation.||9 August to 11 August 2011|
|Six week consultation on the Proposed Further Focused Changes.||12 August to 23 September 2011|
|Collation and consideration of representations.||29 August to 29 September 2011|
|Submission of representations to the Inspector.||29 September to 3 October 2011|
The Inspector has confirmed that if no further changes or hearing sessions are necessary, we can expect the fact check report to be delivered in early November. However, that should be regarded as provisional until the situation is clarified.
For further information, please see the Examination in Public page.
Following publication of the 'Matters and Issues (PDF 84.4kB)' by the Inspector, a number of respondents have sent in Written Statements on these matters. These can be accessed on the Matters and Issues (Written Statements) page.
The Council has proposed minor amendments to these policies for the purposes of clarity:
Please note that any comments on the minor changes proposed to policies CSTP6 and PMD5 should be made in writing (by email or post) to Richard Hatter, Strategic Planning Policy - Team Leader, Thurrock Council, Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, Essex RM17 6SL, email@example.com. All comments should be received by 4pm on Friday, 23 September 2011.
The first stage in the preparation of the Local Development Framework is the Local Development Scheme, October 2012 (PDF 679.3kB). This is approved by the Secretary of State. It is a project plan that identifies the development plans the Council will prepare and sets out the timescales for their production. The Scheme also identifies the policies in the adopted Borough Local Plan (1997) and adopted Essex First Review Minerals Plan (1996) that will remain "saved" policies for at least three years until replaced by policies in the new development plan documents.
The Statement of Community Involvement, June 2007 (PDF 1MB) sets out Thurrock Council's policy for involving the community in the preparation and revision of local development documents and consultation on planning applications. It has been prepared with contributions and involvement from Councillors, individual residents, voluntary and community groups, local businesses and a range of interested organisations. This document provides information and guidance on the issues of consultation and involvement.
The Core Strategy and Policies for Control of Development sets out a spatial vision, objectives and strategy for the development of the Thurrock area and a framework for development control, minerals and waste. This Development Plan Document (DPD) will guide the change, growth and development in Thurrock needed to make the area a good place to live and work.
This document provides information of the findings received during consultation on the Core Strategy Issues and Options document that took place during July and August 2006. It outlines the key issues that need to be addressed, as well as responses to the suggested spatial objectives and spatial options.
Analysis of Responses - March 2007 (PDF 1.7MB)
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This Site Specific Allocations and Policies document sets out detailed site allocations and policies for new development. It is important because it underpins the delivery of the Core Strategy.
The planning policies and proposals in the Local Development Framework (LDF) documents should contribute to the objectives of sustainable development. Under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act and Regulations, Local Planning authorities are required to undertake Sustainability Appraisal for each of their Development Plan Documents (DPDs) and Supplemental Planning Documents (SPDs). The first stage of the Sustainability Appraisal included the production of the Scoping Report in October 2005. This set out the framework and method for appraising plans. The Council has also published an Interim Sustainability Appraisal for the two Issues and Options planning documents that were published in July 2006. Full information can be found on the Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment page.
Thurrock Council commissioned Tribal Urban Studio with CB Richard Ellis to undertake a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) for the period 2008-2031. The primary role of the SHLAA is to: identify sites with potential for housing over a 15 year period; assist in demonstrating a continuous five year supply of housing land; assess whether sites can be delivered and developed. Full information can be found on the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) documents listed with the Technical Studies below.
Approximately twenty new or additional studies will provide the evidence base for Local Development Documents. The majority of these studies are being prepared and are due to be completed during 2006. The studies that have been completed to date are provided below.
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The Thurrock Borough Local Plan was adopted by the Council in September 1997 and provided the Council's policies and proposals for land use in Thurrock up until 2001. Although the end date of the Plan has passed, it currently forms part of the development plan for Thurrock, (in combination with Essex Structure Plan and Essex Minerals Local Plan, prepared by Essex County Council) and provides the basis for decisions on land use planning.
The Thurrock Unitary Development Plan was placed on deposit on 28th March 2003. This is a single plan document that was intended to replace the Local Plan, detailing how the Council thinks that the Borough ought to develop up to 2016. Following the Thurrock Council Cabinet decision of 15th September 2004, the Council has suspended any further work on the Unitary Development Plan. The Thurrock deposit UDP has not however been formally withdrawn at this stage.
If you require any further information please contact the Council's Strategic Planning Team.
Strategic Planning Team
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