Planning Policy

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.

Local Plan - holding direction lifted

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

Future Town, Future Transport

We would like your views on Stevenage's transport network, and how it can be improved.

The strategy is available for comment between 5 December 2018 and 31 March 2019.


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)

Consultation: Article 4 Directions relating to 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. 

Emerging Local Plan

Information about our new local plan that we are currently preparing. The plan will set a vision for our town to 2031.

Adopted Local Plan 2004

Information about The Local Plan for Stevenage, also known as the District Plan, which was adopted in December 2004 and sets out the policies and proposals for controlling and allocating development and for protecting and enhancing the environment. Policies in the plan that are relevant to a planning application will be used when determining the application.


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