The preliminary draft Local Plan was published in January 2016 and the consultation period on green spaces and site allocation closed on 25th February 2016. The Local Plan aims to determine what Peterborough and the surrounding villages will look like in the future, and using this will also demonstrate how Peterborough will become a better place to live, work and visit.
A Further Draft version will be published in July 2016, which will be open to public consultation. The Further Draft will include any preferred sites, village boundary changes and local green space designations. The Council will publish the Local Plan in the first quarter of 2017, around February-March time. At this time, under Regulation 19 of the Town and County Planning (Local Planning) (England) 2012 Regulations, formal representations can be made on the Local Plan. In May 2017, the Council will submit the Local Plan to the Secretary of State, together with any representations made under Regulation 19.
Following the representations to the Secretary of State there will be an Independent Examination Hearing. The Planning Inspector will look into any objections raised on the Local Plan. This is expected to happen around September-October 2017. The date expected for any recommendations from the Inspector is December 2017.
Intended Adoption Date
In the final stage, the Council will need to formally adopt the Local Plan which can be used in making planning decisions. Cabinet will look at the Local Plan in January 2018 and it is expected that the Local Plan will be formally adopted in February 2018.