Planning Policy FAQs

Q1: Does the Council have a Local Plan? What is the status of our existing Core Strategy and Policies Development Plan Document?
Q2: I need some statistical information on Spelthorne.  Where can I find this?
Q3: What is the National Planning Policy Framework?
Q4: How much development will the new Local Plan propose and where will this be?
Q5: What is a Local Development Scheme?
Q6: What is a Statement of Community Involvement?
Q7: How do I get involved in the process of reviewing the Local Plan?


Q1: Does the Council have a Local Plan?  What is the status of our existing Core Strategy and Policies Development Plan Document?

Our current Core Strategy and Policies Development Plan Document is our current Local Plan but it was adopted in 2009, which was before the NPPF was adopted in 2011.  This means that it is not as up-to-date as the national policy and in some cases the NPPF will have greater weight in decision making than our local policies.  However, most of the policy is still current enough to use when considering planning applications and our record of winning appeals is good.  The Core Strategy and Policies DPD will remain the primary source of local policy until the new Local Plan is at an advanced stage of preparation.

Q2: I need some statistical information on Spelthorne.  Where can I find this?

The Council's Authority Monitoring Report sets out a lot of up-to-date statistical information about the Borough.

A number of pieces of evidence have also been produced as part of the Local Plan review and these are available on our Evidence Base webpage.

Q3: What is the National Planning Policy Framework?

The National Planning Policy Framework or NPPF was published in 2012 and is national planning policy against which planning applications are determined.  It guides development - for example, setting out what can and cannot be built in the Green Belt and the best location for new shopping facilities.  An updated NPPF is expected to be published later this year following consultation that has just ended.  Many of the changes proposed in the amended NPPF are around housing supply and delivery.

Q4: How much development will the new Local Plan propose and where will this be?

The Council will need to ensure the Local Plan is consistent with the NPPF which sets out that every effort should be made to objectively identify and then meet the housing, business and other development needs of an area.  It will then assess the extent to which this can be met having regard to development constraints.

Q5: What is a Local Development Scheme?

A Local Development Scheme (LDS) is a document which sets out the planning documents the Council proposes to produce and the timetable for their production. This includes the documents which will be published at each different stage of consultation.

Q6: What is a Statement of Community Involvement?

A Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) is a document which sets out how it will involve people and who the Council intend to consult on its planning documents and how it will do this at each stage of the consultation process. It also includes consultation arrangements for planning applications.

Q7: How do I get involved in the process of reviewing the Local Plan?

Information can be found on our website about the progress of our new Local Plan and how to be involved, or you can email local.plan@spelthorne.gov.uk