Publication Consultation on the Local Plan

The Publication Consultation, which was the final public consultation on the Council’s revised Local Plan, took place from 4 January to 15 February 2017.

About the consultation

The Local Plan sets out a 15-year strategic vision, objectives and the spatial strategy as well as the planning policies and site allocations that will guide future development of the borough.

The Plan looks ahead to 2033 and identifies where the main developments will take place, and how places within the borough will change, or be protected from change, over that period.

This consultation was on the Council’s final version of the Local Plan and was the last opportunity for the public to comment.

Representations could only be made in regard to the Plan’s legal and procedural compliance, “soundness”, and whether the Plan had been prepared in accordance with the “Duty to Cooperate”.

This Publication consultation follows the Pre-Publication consultation which took place between 8 July and 19 August 2016 and an informal Scoping Consultation which took place in January 2016. Feedback from these earlier consultations has been analysed and taken account of in this version of the Local Plan.

Consultation documents

Please note, the consultation document are large in size and may take some time to download. The draft Plan, including higher resolution maps, can also be viewed on the Consultation Portal.

The consultation documents can also be viewed in our Consultation Portal as well as at the Civic Centre, 44 York Street, Twickenham, TW1 3BZ or in the Borough’s main libraries.

Supporting and background documents

For information only, a document showing the main changes(pdf, 14004KB) made to the Pre-Publication Local Plan has also been made available, for ease of reference.  There is also an analysis showing the Council’s responses to the comments received(pdf, 1483KB) to the last Pre-Publication consultation, along with a summary of those responses.

How to respond

We recommended that you read the accompanying guidance notes(pdf, 38KB) prior to responding, which give further information about how legal and procedural compliance, “soundness”, and “Duty to Cooperate” is assessed.

Responses were able to be submitted in the following ways:

Adoption of the Local Plan for Development Management purposes

At the Cabinet Meeting of 13 December 2016 it was agreed that the Publication version of the Local Plan would be adopted immediately for Development Management purposes. It will therefore be a material consideration in determining planning applications.

What happens next

The consultation is now closed. The Plan along with all representations received, will be submitted in late spring/early summer to the Secretary of State for independent Examination in Public by a Planning Inspector. At the Examination in Public, the Inspector will consider all representations received and examine the Plan, the evidence supporting it and make a decision whether it is sound and meets the legal requirements.

It is anticipated that the Plan will be adopted in early 2018.

Updated: 15 March 2017