Planning Policy


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The Planning Policy team is responsible for preparing and reviewing the Development Plan and associated documents. The Development Plan sets out how land and buildings in the area should be used.


Development Plan

The Development Plan is the policy framework against which planning applications are considered by Planning Development Services.

Applications must be determined in accordance with the Development Plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise. All our planning policies have to fit with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which is a material consideration used in the decision making process.

The Development Plan for the Borough is comprised of:

  • Local Plan (2019)
  • Joint Minerals and Waste Core Strategy and Policies and Sites Development Plan Documents (September 2011)



The following two Draft Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) are now available for public consultation. Please click on links below to view documents in full.

SPDs are guidance documents which provide further detail and are intended to help understand how the relevant policies within the Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council Local Plan will be applied.

SPD1: Housing
– This SPD seeks to provide a basis for discussions and provide certainty for all those involved in providing affordable and accessible and adaptable homes. 

It includes guidance on a range of approaches, standards and mechanisms required to deliver a range of housing to meet identified needs and seeks to help applicants to submit a successful planning application.

SPD2: Householder Extensions and Alterations
– This SPD aims to provide clear guidance in relation to extensions and alterations to residential properties in order to improve the quality of householder development.

The following documents also form part of the consultation and these have been produced to support and have informed the preparation of the SPDs:

View and Comment

The two draft SPDs and supporting documents are available for public consultation and comment from Wednesday 8th January 2020. All representations on the documents must be made by 5.00pm on Wednesday 5th February 2020.

Copies of the two Draft SPDs and supporting documents are available for public inspection free of charge at the main Stockton Central Library and Customer Contact Centre, Church Road, Stockton on Tees and all other public libraries within the Borough during normal office hours.  

Representations should preferably be made in writing, preferably using the Supplementary Planning Response Form.

Hard copy response forms are also available from all of the Borough’s libraries. Find your nearest library. A paper copy can also be provided by contacting Tel: 01642 526050 or by emailing: [email protected].

Written responses can be returned by email to [email protected] or posted to: Economic Strategy and Planning Policy, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LD.

All representations must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 5th February 2020.


Supplementary Planning Documents and Masterplans

Supplementary Planning Documents have been prepared on specific areas or topics to provide guidance on policies within the Development Plan. They are capable of being material considerations in planning decisions.

Masterplans have also been prepared for specific areas of the Borough to guide the delivery of development.


Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood planning is a right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011. Communities can shape development in their areas through the production of Neighbourhood Development Plans (often referred to simply as Neighbourhood Plans), Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders. View the Neighbourhood Planning page to find out more about the process and designated neighbourhood areas within the Borough.


Community Infrastructure Levy

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a planning charge to help local authorities to deliver infrastructure to support the development of their area. The Council has not introduced a CIL charge and is not progressing work on its introduction.


Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding

The Government wants to enable more people to build or commission their own home and requires local authorities to have a register of people who are interested in self-build or custom build projects in their area. Visit the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding page to find out more and register your interest.


Brownfield Land Register

The intention of Brownfield Land Registers is to provide up-to-date and consistent information on sites that Local Planning Authorities consider to be appropriate for residential development having regard to the criteria set out in the regulations and associated guidance. Visit the Brownfield Land Register page to view the register and for details about how to submit a site for consideration for inclusion on the register.


Monitoring and Supporting Documents

Visit our Monitoring and supporting documents page to access the Authorities Monitoring Report which contains information on the implementation of the Local Development Scheme and the extent to which policies set out in Local Plan are being successful.

The Tees Valley local Aggregates Assessment, which is updated annually providing an assessment of the demand for and supply of aggregates in the Tees Valley, other relevant local information, and an assessment of all supply options.

Other monitoring and supporting documents are also prepared by the Planning Policy team. This includes the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA).


Timetable and Involvement

The Local Development Scheme sets out the timetable for preparing planning policy documents.

The Statement of Community Involvement (adoption notice) 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 Development 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 by the Planning Development Services team.

To be added to our Local Plan Consultation Database and receive updates on consultations undertaken by the Planning Policy team please contact us.


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Availability of Documents

Paper copies of the Development Plan, Supplementary Planning Documents, Local Development Scheme and Statement of Community Involvement are available to view in our libraries.