Why are you doing a new local plan so soon after the last ones were adopted?
Plans must be kept up to date and Government suggests a review is required at least every five years. They should plan ahead for at least 15 years. The current local plans, which include the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) and separate site allocations documents for the area, were adopted at various times between 2011 and 2016. They include policies which require an early review to be undertaken. Local plans take some time to produce, and therefore the evidence we produced for the JCS is now out of date. We are expecting the GNLP to be examined by a planning inspector in 2020, and hoping each local authority will be able to adopt it later that year. The current plans look to 2026; the new GNLP will plan to 2036.