Development planning is a continuous process of looking forward and deciding on a course of action to improve people's quality of life and the appearance of our environment in a sustainable way.
It involves protecting the best, improving the worst, and aiming positively to ensure a better quality of life for everyone, now and for future generations.
Development plans focus on land use development and protection set within the context of wider social, economic and environmental trends and considerations.
The Borough Council is responsible for producing a Local Plan to guide development within Stevenage.
Until a new local plan is completed its predecessor, the Stevenage District Plan Second Review, remains the principle tool that we use in determining planning applications.
However, our Interim Planning Policy Statement and some emerging policies are used as material considerations in the determination of new planning applications.
Hertfordshire County Council are responsible for producing plans relating to minerals and waste for the whole of Hertfordshire. Please see the links below for further information.
Other Planning Controls