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

The next stage of the Local Plan (the 'Publication' / Regulation 19 stage) is currently being considered for approval by the Council.  If approved by both the Council's Cabinet Committee on 9 July and Full Council on 25 July 2019, the Local Plan will be published in early August for its final round of comments by anyone interested in the Plan.  The Publication Local Plan is what the Council thinks should be submitted for an independent examination by a Planning Inspector.  However, before it is actually submitted the Publication stage allows comments on whether the Plan meets certain legal and technical requirements.  All the relevant information will be made available in due course, but in the meantime anyone wishing to view the draft Local Plan can do so via the papers that have now been published for the 9 July Cabinet meeting: https://doncaster.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=131&MId=2884

Local Plan Consultation - Draft Policies and Proposed Sites Now CLOSED

We consulted on draft Policies and proposed sites – as well as supporting evidence base – for inclusion in the Local Plan from Thursday 13 September to Friday 26 October 2018. Thank you to everybody who took the time to respond to this important stage of the plan's preparation. All comments received are currently being analysed and will inform the Publication version of the Local Plan next year. A summary of all the comments submitted will also be available in due course. The consultation documents are still available to view via Local Plan Draft Policies and Proposed Sites Consultation.

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. There have been two matters that have led to a further update (March 2019). These were the informal consultation on draft policies and proposed sites which took place in Autumn 2018 and further updating of evidence base work.

Local Development Scheme
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Call for Sites October – December 2014
Issues & Options July – September 2015
Homes & Settlements Strategy – March 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 – Late Spring 2019
Publication – Early Summer 2019
Submission – Late Autumn 2019
Examination in Public – Winter 2019
Inspector's Report - Spring 2020
Adoption - Summer 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.


Last updated: 01 July 2019 15:34:43