Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006-2028

1 Introduction

What is the Local Plan?

1.1 This document is the latest stage in the preparation of the Council’s Local Plan, which sets out the long term vision and strategic context for managing and accommodating growth within South Somerset until 2028.

1.2 This document is called the Proposed Submission Local Plan 2006 – 2028 and follows from the Draft Core Strategy including Preferred Options which was consulted upon in summer 2010 and the issues and comments made as part of that consultation have been incorporated into this version where appropriate. The change of name reflects the introduction of the National Planning Policy Framework  (NPPF) whilst the change of final date reflects the desire to retain a 15 year time horizon for the Plan upon adoption.

1.3 The Local Plan is one element of the Local Development Framework (LDF) and provides the framework for preparing all other types of documents in the LDF which will include other Development Plan Documents, such as a charging schedule for the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), Neighbourhood Plans and supplementary Planning Documents which may be prepared to give greater guidance on the policies and proposals such as design guidance and Green Infrastructure strategy.

1.4 Following further public consultation on this Proposed Submission Local Plan the document will be submitted to the Secretary of State for independent Examination.