Planning Policy FAQs

Q1: Does the Council have a Local Development Framework?
Q2: Does the Council have a Local Plan?
Q3: I need some statistical information on housing, employment, population, etc?
Q4: What is a Local Plan and how is it different to the Local Development Framework?
Q5: What is the National Planning Policy Framework?
Q6: What is the Core Strategy and Policies DPD and the Site Allocations DPD?
Q7: Why is the Council reviewing its adopted Core Strategy and Policies Development Plan Document DPD when it is dated to 2026?
Q8: How much development will the new Local Plan propose and where will this be?
Q9: What is a Local Development Scheme?
Q10: What is a Statement of Community Involvement?
Q11: How do I get involved in the process of reviewing the Local Plan?


Q1: Does the Council have a Local Development Framework?

The Council adopted a Core Strategy and Policies Development Plan Document (DPD) in February 2009 and an Allocations DPD in December 2009.

The Council is also in the process of preparing Supplementary Planning Documents.

Q2: Does the Council have a Local Plan?

Most of the Council's planning policies are now set out in its Core Strategy and Policies DPD and Allocations DPD. However, 6 policies in the Spelthorne Borough Plan 2001 were 'saved' and still apply. These relate to the Green Belt, Archaeological areas and Sites of Nature Conservation Importance.

The Council is also in the process of preparing Supplementary Planning Documents.

Q3: I need some statistical information on housing, employment, population, etc?

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

There are also a number of other research documents which are available via Planning Publications on the website.

Q4: What is a Local Plan and how is it different to the Local Development Framework?

A Local Plan is a document which sets out how a local authority expects development to come forward over a given period of time (normally 15-20 years), for instance how much new housing or employment floorspace and where and when this will be delivered. The Local Plan will also allocate specific sites for development and contain the detailed planning policies against which all planning applications will be considered. This is fundamentally the same role as the Local Development Framework (LDF). When considering how much development should come forward the Council must ensure that the Local Plan is consistent with the advice given in the NPPF.

Q5: What is the National Planning Policy Framework?

The National Planning Policy Framework or NPPF is guidance produced by central government which sets out how local authorities should address planning issues within their areas. This includes guidance on how local authorities should approach issues such as housing need, economic development, infrastructure provision and the protection of areas such as Green Belt or areas at risk of flooding. The NPPF also sets out that Local Plans must be kept up to date and must be consistent with the guidance set out in the NPPF. The NPPF is available to view via the Planning Portal.

Q6: What is the Core Strategy and Policies DPD and the Site Allocations DPD?

The Core Strategy and Policies DPD and the Site Allocations DPD are planning documents which form part of the Spelthorne Local Development Framework. The Core Strategy and Policies DPD was adopted in 2009 and contains the vision, objectives, and strategic policies that set out the overall approach to future development in Spelthorne from 2006 to 2026. The Site Allocations DPD allocated a number of specific sites in the Borough for development.

The Core Strategy and Policies DPD and the Site Allocations DPD are planning documents which form part of the Spelthorne Local Development Framework. The Core Strategy and Policies DPD was adopted in 2009 and contains the vision, objectives, and strategic policies that set out the overall approach to future development in Spelthorne from 2006 to 2026. The Site Allocations DPD allocated a number of specific sites in the Borough for development.

Q7: Why is the Council reviewing its adopted Core Strategy and Policies Development Plan Document DPD when it is dated to 2026?

The NPPF states that local plans should be kept up-to-date and be consistent with its principles and policies.  The Council considers that the adopted Core Strategy and Policies DPD is not entirely up-to-date or consistent with the NPPF

Q8: How much development will the new Local Plan propose and where will this be?

The Council has only just decided to review the Local Plan and as such has made no decision on how much development should come forward or where in the Borough this will be. However, 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. The Council is currently collecting evidence to understand what the identified housing, business and other development needs of the Borough are. It will then assess the extent to which this can be met having regard to development constraints.

Q9: 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.

Q10: 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.

Q11: How do I get involved in the process of reviewing the Local Plan?

You can email your name, address and contact phone number to planning.policy@spelthorne.gov.uk and we will place your details on our consultation database for future consultations and events.