Local Plan

We are preparing a new Local Plan to shape how Doncaster develops: how we want it to look and feel; and the policies and proposals needed to guide development to the right places whilst protecting and improving the environment and people’s quality of life.

The Local Plan is used to decide planning applications and guide investment into the Borough. It delivers the new homes, businesses, jobs, shops and infrastructure needed over the next 15 years. It will replace the 1998 Unitary Development Plan and 2012 Core Strategy.

Supporting information on the Local Plan is available including: previous consultations, evidence base, and other accompanying plans and documents.

Latest News: Consultation on Proposed Main Modifications to Local Plan - NOW CLOSED 

On 4 March 2020 the Council submitted the Local Plan to the Government for independent examination.

A number of hearing sessions, guided by a Government appointed Planning Inspector, were held in October/December 2020 to discuss representations submitted to the Publication Draft Plan.

As a result, the Council is now inviting responses to a number of proposed Main Modifications to the Plan which are considered necessary to make the Plan legally compliant and sound.  The consultation only relates to the Main Modifications, and relevant supporting documents and Policies Map changes as outlined in the following consultation notice:

Local Plan Main Modifications Consultation Notice
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The consultation will run for six weeks from Monday 6 February to the end of Sunday 21 March 2021. 

The consultation documents and response form are available at Proposed Main Modifications Consultation.

The Main Modifications are part of the Plan's Examination ahead of the Inspector producing his final report.

Local Development Scheme

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) sets out how the Local Plan will be prepared, including the timetable for when various stages of the plan’s preparation will be undertaken. The Council updated the LDS in December 2017, March 2019 and March 2020.

Local Development Scheme March 2020
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Call for Sites October – December 2014

Issues & Options July – September 2015

Homes & Settlements Strategy March - April 2016

Further ongoing stakeholder engagement and consultation – Spring 2015 to Spring 2018

Consultation on Draft Policies and Proposed Sites – September / October 2018

Consideration of plan by Council – July 2019

Publication – August-September 2019

Submission – March 2020

Examination in Public (Hearing Sessions) – October/December 2020

Proposed Modifications Consultation - February/March 2021

Inspector's Report - May/June 2021

Adoption - Summer 2021

Statement of Community Involvement

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets out how and when we will involve the community and stakeholders in the preparation of the Local Plan.

Monitoring and Implementation

Various reports are produced to monitor the implementation of the LDF and the emerging Local Plan.

Further information:

Further information about Doncasters planning policies can be found at Our Plans.


Last updated: 22 March 2021 15:04:08