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Local plan update and supporting information

Local Plan update

We have agreed to undertake a partial update of the Local Plan. The update focuses on issues that need modification within the plan period (to 2031) and does not invite consultation and examination on issues beyond this period.

The Government subsequently published the Planning for the future White Paper and Changes to the current planning system consultation in August 2020. Together, these documents seek to reform the existing planning system and change the way councils plan for new development and determine planning applications. We submitted a response to these consultations in September 2020.

The proposed planning reforms change the basis on which our current programme of work is predicated. Cabinet voted on 2 November 2020 for a short term pause in the formal plan making process (for example, public consultation documents) until there is greater clarity . In the meantime, we will continue with activities that are unaffected by the planning reforms. For example, delivering wider corporate priorities such as the Cirencester Town Centre Masterplan and the Sustainable Transport Strategy.

Local Development Scheme

We will publish a new Local Plan Development Scheme when we have clarity from the Government on the proposed reforms to the planning system. 

Statement of Community Involvement

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) explains how and when different groups, organisations and communities can get involved with the local planning applications and planning documents. It provides a framework for consultation and community engagement.

The current SCI was adopted on 2 November 2020 and replaces the 2014 edition. 

Duty to Cooperate

The National Planning Policy Framework states that public bodies have a ‘duty to cooperate’ on planning issues that cross administrative boundaries, particularly those which relate to the strategic priorities. The Government expects joint working on areas of common interest for the mutual benefit of neighbouring authorities.

We have published a ‘duty to cooperate statement of compliance’ report that sets out the strategic planning issues. The report also summarises the interactions we have had with relevant organisations and their outcomes.