The Core Strategy Development Plan Document sets out a strategic framework to guide the growth of the district up to the year 2025 - setting out how much, where and when development will take place. It also contains a range of 'development control' policies against which planning applications will be assessed.
The Core Strategy was adopted by the Council on 20th October 2009. Production of the document involved numerous stages of option testing and consultation, followed by formal Examination by an independent Planning Inspector appointed by Government. The Planning Inspector concluded that the Core Strategy was 'sound' subject to a number of changes. The stages of production are listed below, and details of documents and consultation results can be viewed by clicking on the links.