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).

The Stevenage Borough Local Plan sets out how Stevenage will develop in the future. It seeks to provide around 7,600 new homes, alongside new jobs and community facilities. It provides the basis for the regeneration of our town centre, which includes plans for new homes, shops, offices, coffee bars and restaurants, and seeks to create a centre people can be proud of. It also protects green infrastructure and historic assets, to ensure people can continue to have a good quality of life in the town.

These documents are also available for inspection (free of charge) during normal opening hours at the following locations:

  • Stevenage Borough Council Offices, Danestrete
  • Stevenage Central Library, Southgate
  • Old Town Library, 38 High Street

Any person aggrieved by the Stevenage Borough Local Plan 2011-2031 may make an application to the High Court under Section 113(3) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 on the grounds that:

  1. the document is not within the power (as defined in Section 113(9) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004); or
  2. a procedural requirement has not been complied with.

Any such application must be made promptly and in any event not later than the end of the period of six weeks beginning with the day after the Stevenage Borough Local Plan was adopted (i.e. six weeks beginning on 22 May 2019).

Local Plan - holding direction lifted

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

Inspectors’ Report

The Inspector’s Report was received by the Borough Council on 18 October 2017. The Report concludes that with the Main Modifications proposed (as contained in the Appendix to the Report), the Stevenage Borough Local Plan can be considered sound and is therefore capable of adoption.

Upon receipt of the Inspector’s Report, the Council can either adopt the Local Plan, with the recommendations proposed, or it must withdraw the plan completely.

Proposed Main Modifications consultation and updated Sustainability Appraisal

The Local Plan was examined by an independent Inspector, appointed by the Secretary of State, earlier this year (January to March 2017). Details of the examination process and associated documents can be found on the Examination webpages.

The Inspector has now published a list of proposed Main Modifications to the submitted Plan which she considers are required to make the plan sound. The Council has also updated its Sustainability Appraisal of the Plan.

Some minor modifications have also been proposed to the Stevenage Borough Local Plan and the Policies Map. There were not subject to consultation but are available to view:

The responses to the consultation have been forwarded to the Inspector for her consideration.

Stevenage Borough Local Plan: Submission

The Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State on 21 July 2016. The next stage is for a public examination to be held. Further details on the examination process can be found on the Examination webpages.

The submission documents (listed below) are available to view at the following locations, during their standard opening/working hours:

  • Stevenage Borough Council Offices at Danstrete
  • Stevenage Central Library at Southgate
  • Old Town Library at 38 High Street

They are also available via the links below. The submission documents are as follows:

  • Stevenage Borough Local Plan 2011- 2031
  • Sustainability Appraisal – July 2016
  • Policies Map (including a separate inset map)
  • Regulation 22 Consultation Statement

If you have any queries with regards to the submission of the Local Plan, please contact the Planning Policy Team.

The publication version consultation on the Local Plan opened on Wednesday 6 January 2016 and closed on Wednesday 17 February 2016.

This is the final version of the Plan, the version that we wish to submit to the Planning Inspectorate.

You can view the consultation documents below and using our on-line portal.

The results of the publication consultation were reported to the Executive in July 2016. The Regulation 22 Consultation Statement provides a summary of all consultation carried out on the Local Plan. A summary of all responses to the most recent consultation is provided below (this also details how these comments have been considered by officers). Please note - this has been subject to minor amendments since Executive.

The Sustainability Appraisal has also been updated to reflect comments made on the Local Plan. A revised version is available below:

Housing numbers consultation

The consultation on a revised housing target for the local plan opened on Monday 22 June 2015 and closed on Monday 27 July 2015.

Following the first consultation on the local plan in 2013, it became clear that we would need to carry out more work on our housing target before we could write a full draft of the plan. There are several reasons for this, including undercounting of Stevenage’s population and changes in national policy and guidance.

You can view the consultation documents below and using our on-line portal.

The results of the first consultation were reported to the Executive in December 2015. The Statement of Consultation provides a summary..

First consultation

The first consultation on our new local plan opened on Tuesday 11 June 2013 and closed on Monday 22 July 2013.

This consultation identified the main issues that we will need to deal with in the new local plan. It set out the options that we are considering and what we propose to do.

The local plan consultation, sustainability appraisal and summary leaflet are also available to download below.

The results of the first consultation were reported to the Executive in July 2014. The Statement of Consultation provides a summary:

Environmental Assessment

We are required by law to consider the likely economic, environmental and social effects of our new plan.

Evidence studies

The new local plan will be informed by a wide range of evidence studies. These can be viewed using the link below

Statement of Community Involvement

The statement of community involvement says how we will involve you when we prepare our plans.

Local Development Scheme

We have to complete a number of stages before we can adopt and use our new local plan. The timetable for this is set in a document called the Local Development Scheme


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Contact details

Planning Policy
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House

01438 242865