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 Submitted for Examination

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

The Inspector, assisted by a Programme Officer, will examine whether the Plan meets the "soundness and legal tests" set out in Planning Legislation.

The Inspector will take into account representations submitted to the Publication Draft Plan as far as they relate to soundness considerations. A number of informal debates (called Hearing Sessions) will take place on the principal matters identified by the Inspector.

At the end of the Examination, the Inspector will prepare a report to the Council with precise recommendations. These recommendations may include modifications to the Plan if requested by the Council.

Further information can be found at Local Plan Examination.

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 – Spring/Summer 2020

Inspector's Report - Autumn 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: 01 June 2020 07:36:57