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Local Development Scheme

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) outlines the process the Local Planning Authority will undertake to development a new Local Plan for Ashfield and present a timetable for producing it.

Local Planning Authorities (LPA) are required under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 to prepare and maintain an up to date Local Development Scheme. Legislation has changed the way in which authorities prepare and submit their Local Development Schemes, but it does not remove the requirement for a LPA to have an up to date Local Development Scheme in place.

Following the Withdrawal of the previously Submitted Local Plan, the Council has undertaken a range of new evidence base work and drafted a new timetable to resubmit its Local Plan to the Secretary of State for examination.

To reflect this new timetable, the Council has revised its Local Development Scheme, which can be viewed via the following link:

Consultation on the Draft Statement of Community Involvement

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets out how the Council will involve local people and organisations in the planning process including both the preparation of the Local Plan as well as the determination of planning applications. The SCI explains how people can be involved at each stage of plan making and in the consideration of a planning application.

Ashfield District Council has adopted a number of previous SCI documents, the first being in November 2006, with subsequent revisions in October 2010 and July 2013.

Following the formal withdrawal of its Submission Local Plan in July 2014, the Council has undertaken a number of revised evidence base studies and drafted a new timetable for resubmitting an Ashfield Local Plan to the Secretary of State. As a result of this work, the Council has revised its SCI to reflect its new timetable and encompass any revisions to national policy.

The Council undertook a 4 week period of consultation on the draft document between Friday 11th September and Friday 23rd October. The Council received 9 consultation responses, which have been compiled with a Council response in the Consultation Statement. This document can be viewed below.

Following the period of consultation, in accordance with the provisions of section 23(5) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 on 25th July 2013, the revised document was adopted via Cabinet Approval on 7th January 2016.

The revised SCI can be download from the link below: