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Local Plan 2014 - 2034

Information on the Council's emerging Local Plan, including the Draft Local Plan, Sustainability Appraisals, Policies Map and FAQs.

IMPORTANT CHANGE; From March 2012, changes to national planning policy replaced the term 'Local Development Framework' (LDF) with the term 'Local Plan'. Any historic references to the LDF in our documentation should be now considered as if they read 'Local Plan'

Work started in December 2014 on a new Local Plan that will provide the planning framework for the future growth and development of the Basildon Borough area until 2034. The new Local Plan will identify land for housing, businesses, shops and leisure, as well as areas for protection, such as open space and sites important for wildlife.

Local Plan Update - 7 June 2018

An Extraordinary Meeting of the Council was held on Thursday 7th June 2018, in order to consider a Notice of Motion signed by 23 Members of the Council concerning the Publication Local Plan and the previous decisions the Council made in respects of the plan on 22nd March 2018.

The Notice of Motion was passed and the decision made by the Council on 22nd March to consult on the Local Plan, and to submit it to the Government, has been withdrawn and the Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Committee will be asked to look again at specific aspects of proposals in: South West Billericay, Noak Bridge, Ramsden Bellhouse, Hovefields & Honiley and Bowers Gifford & North Benfleet.

In addition, they would be required to look at:

  • how future provision for Gypsy, Travelling and Travelling Showpeople could be met
  • and the proposed approach to the Community Infrastructure Levy.

For further details of the meeting see:

7th June 2018 - Extraordinary Meeting of the Council

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Publication of the Local Plan - 22 March 2018

At a meeting held on 22nd March 2018, Full Council resolved that it would approve the Publication Draft Local Plan and the Basildon Borough Community Infrastructure Levy Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule 2018 for public consultation, following which it can be submitted to the Government. Details of the public consultation will be confirmed in due course. For consultation comments to be legally valid, they must be submitted when the consultation has opened. Consultation comments submitted beforehand will not be considered.

Links to the meeting are available below:    

 22nd March - Full Council Meeting 

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Local Plan Update - 12 October 2017

At its meeting of the 12 October 2017, the Council agreed a revised Local Development Scheme which sets out the programme for preparing the Basildon Borough Local Plan, with key decisions regarding publication and submission due to be taken in March 2018. In order to meet that deadline, it is necessary for the Infrastructure, Growth and Development Committee to consider various matters now, so that final evidence base work and statutory assessments can be undertaken on those policies and allocations likely to be included in the plan presented to this Committee and Council in March 2018.

Links to relevant Infrastructure, Growth and Development Committee meetings are available below:

13th of March 2018 Infrastructure, Growth and Development Committee Meeting

13th of February 2018 Infrastructure, Growth and Development Committee Meeting

16th of January 2018 Infrastructure, Growth and Development Committee Meeting

7th of December 2017 Infrastructure, Growth and Development Committee Meeting

5th of December 2017 Infrastructure, Growth and Development Committee Meeting

Draft Local Plan 2016

The Draft Local Plan, its Sustainability Appraisal, Habitats Regulations Assessment and Service Impact Assessment were the subject of consultation from January and March 2016. A Statement of Consultation was approved by the Council's Cabinet on the 29 September 2016, setting out how Basildon Borough Council undertook the consultation. It also summarises the results of the consultation, identifying the key issues that arose. It sets out 52 key actions that could be taken to ensure that the next version of the Local Plan addresses those issues raised by consultees before the plan is finalised for submission to the Government.

To view the Draft Local Plan consultation documents and the Statement of Consultation, see Documentation - Draft Local Plan Consultation 2016.

Local Plan New and Alternative Sites

As part of the consultation on the Draft Local Plan, representations were received from developers in relation to specific sites and alternative proposals, providing the opportunity to consider some alterations to the housing site allocations in the Local Plan, and consequently the distribution of development across the Borough.

On 29 September, the Council approved a further round of consultation on the New and Alternative sites, which ran for six weeks from 3 November to 15 December. 2016.

The evidence from this consultation, in addition to any comments received during the previous consultation, will be used to inform a revised final draft which will be considered by the Council for approval to submit to the Government for Independent Examination.

To view the New and Alternative sites consultation documents and the Statement of Consultation, see Documentation - Local Plan New and Alternative Sites Consultation 2016.

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