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The Council is undertaking consultation on the Initial Draft Wakefield District Local Plan 2036. The consultation follows on from the Early Engagement consultation, which took place in October to December 2017.
The Initial Draft Plan sets out the Council’s planning policies for securing growth, investment, sustainable development and improving the environment in the district. The Local Plan will cover the period to 2036 and will provide a comprehensive, updated planning framework of policies, site allocations and designations. The Local Plan will be used to promote development and to assess development proposals.
The Initial Draft Plan consultation takes place for six weeks from Thursday 10 January to Wednesday 20 February 2019. Comments made during this consultation will inform the next stage of preparing the Local Plan. The documents and comment form are available to view and download from the Local Plan 2036 page.
Site Options Technical Consultation
Following Early Engagement consultation carried out during October to December 2017, we are considering the options for development sites to include in an initial draft local plan. The development site options originate from various sources, notably the Early Engagement Call for Sites; existing, undeveloped adopted local plan allocations; Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment; and Brownfield Land Register.
We are seeking advice and comments from technical consultees within and external to the Council to help us make informed decisions about the suitability and deliverability of potential sites; any constraints on development; and the need for additional infrastructure to support development.
Adoption of new Supplementary Planning Documents
The Wakefield District Residential Design Guide was adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) by the Council on 31 January 2018. The Wakefield City Centre Urban Design Framework was adopted as an SPD on 4 October 2017. Both these documents are material considerations when determining relevant planning applications. The documents can be viewed on the SPD webpage.
Adoption of a new Statement of Community Involvement
The new Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) was adopted by the Council on 22 November 2017. The SCI explains how the Council will engage with people and organisations when preparing Local Plans and Supplementary Planning Documents, considering planning applications, working with communities on Neighbourhood Plans, and updating the Community Infrastructure Levy. The document is available on the SCI webpage.
Brownfield Land Register
The council has now produced a Brownfield Land Register in line with the The Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017.
Wakefield District Local Plan 2036 - Early Engagement Consultation
Wakefield Council is preparing a new Local Plan to guide the future growth of Wakefield District up to 2036. The Early Engagement document considers the key issues facing the district and proposes some development options for growth and where new development should take place. The consultation took place for six weeks from Thursday 26 October to Wednesday 6 December 2017.
The comments received can be viewed on the Consultation Portal.
Walton Neighbourhood Plan
Walton Neighbourhood Development Plan was formally adopted (made) by Wakefield Council on 13 April 2016.
The Plan now forms part of the district's Development Plan and will be taken in to consideration when determining planning applications within the parish of Walton.
Community Infrastructure Levy
The Council approved the
Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule on 20 January 2016. The charges have been implemented from 1 April 2016.
How to get involved in shaping the Local Plan
Register your details on our
contacts database and we will email or post information to everyone who is registered. Commenting online is the preferred method for all consultation. Documents subject to consultation can be viewed using the
LDF Online Consultation.
Current adopted Local Plan documents
Further information and supporting background documents can be viewed on the Adopted Local Plan pages. The Council has adopted a series of
planning guidance documents to supplement policies in the Local Plan.
Wakefield Development Plan Policies
Guide to the Wakefield Local Development Framework
UDP Inspector's Report