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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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The Emerging Local Plan


Preparation has begun on the production of the Stockton-on-Tees Local Plan.

The Local Plan will set out the overall strategy and policies for the development and use of land in locations across the Borough. The Local Plan will:

  • set out the authority’s strategic policies, site allocations, designations, and management policies relating to residential, commercial and leisure proposals.
  • include policies relating to the transport, renewable energy, community facilities, open space, and communications infrastructure required to make existing communities and proposed developments sustainable.
  • set out strategic policies, site designations and management policies concerning the built and natural environments, relating to heritage assets, landscape designations and protection and enhancement of natural habitats.

Further information regarding the production on the Local Plan can be found using the following links:

  • The Timetable (see the Local Development Scheme below)
  • How you will be kept involved (see the Statement of Community Involvement below)


Local Development Scheme - our timetable

In addition to the Local Plan, the Council also has responsibility to prepare and maintain a Local Development Scheme (LDS) through the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended). The main purpose of the LDS is to enable the local community and any other interested person, company or organisation to find out the planning policy documents that the Council intends to produce and the timetable for their production.

For anyone interested in the preparation of the Local Plan, they should refer to the LDS as it sets out the:

  • schedule and description of the development plan documents that the Council is preparing, their subject matter and geographical area;
  • timetable for the commencement and preparation of these local development documents;
  • timetable for the preparation and revision of each development plan document;
  • identification of which development plan documents, if any, are to be prepared jointly with one or more neighbouring local planning authority; and
  • other relevant matters in the preparation of the documents including, where possible, when residents have an opportunity to comment on how new development in the Borough should take place.

For further information on the Local Development Scheme please view the attached document.

The timetable for preparing the Local Plan is as follows: 

   Milestone   Date
  1  Completion of Evidence Base Review   Summer 2016
  2  Targeted engagement   Summer 2016
  3  Plan in Preparation Stage   Autumn 2016
  4  Publication Draft Plan   Summer 2017
  5  Submission of Draft Plan   Autumn 2017
  6  Examination   Spring 2018
  7  Inspectors’ Report   Spring 2018
  8  Adoption   Summer 2018


Statement of Community Involvement

The Statement of Community Involvement sets out Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s policies for involving interested parties in matters relating to development in their area. It applies to:

  • The preparation and revision of the Council’s Local Plan and Supplementary Planning Documents, which are also known as Local Development Documents.
  • The Authority’s development management function, which involves the determination of planning applications.

The Statement of Community Involvement was adopted in November 2016

Statement of Community Involvement

Adoption Statement


Privacy Notice

To reflect the recent changes to UK data privacy law, please find a link below to the Council’s updated General Privacy Notice, which tells you what we do with your personal information and how it’s used. If you have any questions in relation to your personal data, please contact the Spatial Planning Team.

Privacy Notice - General