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The Stevenage Borough Local Plan sets out how Stevenage will develop in the future.

Developing Stevenage

The Stevenage Borough Local Plan 2011-2031 was adopted on 22 May 2019. The Local Plan replaces the District Plan (Second Review). The plan 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, 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 Stevenage Borough Council Offices on Danestrete, Stevenage Central Library, Southgate and the 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 the document is not within the power (as defined in Section 113(9) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004) or 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).

The Holding Direction on the Stevenage Borough Local Plan has been lifted.

Inspector's Report

The Inspectors Report was received by us 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, we can either adopt the Local Plan, with the recommendations proposed, or we 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). 

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. We have also updated our Sustainability Appraisal of the Plan.

Some minor modifications (not subject to consultation), have also been proposed to the Stevenage Borough Local Plan and the Policies Map.

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.

The submission documents are available to view at the Stevenage Borough Council Offices on Danestrete, Stevenage Central Library, Southgate and the Old Town Library, 38 High Street.

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 also view the consultation documents on 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.

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 under-counting of Stevenage’s population and changes in national policy and guidance.

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

You can also view the consultation documents on our on-line portal.

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.

Planning Policy

Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House
Danestrete
Stevenage
Herts
SG1 1HN

planningpolicy@stevenage.gov.uk

01438 242865

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