Planning Policy

What does the Council's Planning Policy team do?

The main function of the Planning Policy Team is to develop local policies that are used by the Council when determining planning applications. The Local Plan is the overarching Development Plan Document for the Borough, which sets out the strategic priorities for development in Stevenage, including land allocations and policies which cover issues such as housing, employment, community, environment and heritage. All other policy documents support the objectives of the Local Plan.

The team is also responsible for monitoring and maintaining the council's Self-Build and Brownfield Land Registers, Article 4 Directions, and neighbourhood planning, amongst other things. For further information on any of these issues, please use the links to the left of this text.

Article 31 Direction

2 June 2020

Article 31 Direction - Outline planning application by Bellway Homes & Miller Homes for the erection of 800 residential dwellings, creation of a new local centre, provision of a primary school, landscaped communal amenity space, creation of new public open space together with associated highways, landscaping, drainage and utilities work on approximately 75 hectares of land north of Stevenage (Application No. 17/00862/OPM)

Cllr John Gardner, Executive Member for Environment and Regeneration at Stevenage Borough Council said:

Towns and cities across the country are given the challenge of planning to provide much needed homes including affordable homes, a high quality and sustainable environment and provide land for businesses to grow and new jobs to be created. 
The Secretary of State had been requested to consider calling in the application for a site in the northern part of Stevenage, providing 800 new homes including affordable homes, a new primary school and a new 38 acre Country Park.  This has now been considered by government and the Secretary of State has decided not to call this application in and instead leave this for Stevenage Borough Council to determine.


Draft Parking Provision and Sustainable Transport Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

Have your say on a new SPD which aims to ensure new developments provide an appropriate level and type of parking in the town.

Stevenage Borough Local Plan

The Stevenage Borough Local Plan 2011-2031 was adopted on 22 May 2019. The Local Plan replaces the District Plan (Second Review).

Local Development Scheme

The timetable for completing the stages of adoption for our Local Plan and other Policy documents is set out in our document called the Local Development Scheme.

Local Plan - holding direction lifted

The holding direction on the Stevenage Borough Local Plan has been lifted.


You can sign up to receive notifications of Local Plan consultations and comment on consultations using our Consultation Portal

Examination of our Local Plan (2011-2031)

Information for the independent examination of the Stevenage Borough Local Plan (2011 - 2031).

Article 4 Directions

Article 4 directions for Housing in Multiple Occupations (HMOs) and the Gunnels Wood and Pin Green Employment areas.

Brownfield Land Register

Information about the Brownfield Land Register and how to apply to include land on the register. 


Annual Monitoring Reports (AMRs) set out the Council's progress in producing its local development plan and reports upon key planning indicators (such as the number of new homes built in the previous year).

Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood planning empowers communities to shape the development and growth of a local area through the production of a Neighbourhood Plan.

Permitted development: offices to residential changes of use

The Government has extended permitted development rights to allow the change of use of office premises into residential without the need to obtain planning permission from the Borough Council.

Supplementary guidance and material considerations

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD) and their precursors (Supplementary Planning Guidance or SPG) provide developers and others with further detail on the interpretation and intent of policies in statutory planning documents.

Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Register

If you are interested in the idea of building your own home you can register your interest by filling-in a simple online form.


Sign up to our Consultation Portal and receive notifications of Local Plan consultations and comment on consultations.

Contact details

Planning Policy
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House

01438 242865