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What does our 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 (the overarching Development Plan Document for the Borough), 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.

Amongst various other things, the team is responsible for monitoring and maintaining the council's Self-Build and Brownfield Land Registers, Article 4 Directions and neighbourhood planning.