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: Local Plan Publication - Now Closed for Comments

In August we "Published" the Local Plan which is the version we think is ready for Examination by the Government. Before we actually submit the Plan to the Government, the Publication Version of the Plan was made available for technical comments on whether it meets the "soundness and legal tests" set out in Planning Legislation. Comments were invited between 12 August and 6pm Monday 30 September 2019. We are now reviewing the comments made to decide when to submit the Plan.

The Publication has been prepared following the Autumn 2018 consultation on Drafts Policies and Proposed Sites.

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 and March 2019. This June update includes the agreed Publication date and revised Submission date.

Local Development Scheme March 2019
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Call for Sites October – December 2014

Issues & Options July – September 2015

Homes & Settlements Strategy – March 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 – Winter 2019 / Early 2020

Examination in Public – Spring 2020

Inspector's Report - Late Summer 2020

Adoption - Winter 2020

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: 29 November 2019 16:23:24