Stockport Local Development Scheme

1. Purpose of the scheme

The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 requires councils to prepare and maintain a Local Development Scheme (LDS).

The purpose of the LDS is to inform the public about the current planning policies for Stockport as well as to set out the programme for the preparation of the Local Plan. When preparing new planning policies or policy documents we must do so in accordance with the timetable set out in our LDS so that stakeholders and the community are informed about when they can become involved in the production of planning documents, in particular, when there'll be periods of consultation.

Possible effect of the Planning White Paper – Planning for the Future

In August/September 2020 the government consulted on a document setting out the potential future for planning in England. That paper set out fundamental changes to the planning system, including proposing significant changes to how local plans will be prepared in the future. Advice from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, however, is clear that councils should continue to work on developing plans as quickly as possible under the current system.

There's no clear indication of when new legislation and regulations might come into force, nor what those would contain. The LDS has therefore been compiled and published in the light of that advice.

You can read more about the scheme on the next pages. You can also download the scheme document below.

Stockport Local Development Scheme March 2021

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