Rushmoor Local Plan development plan document

We have prepared a new development plan document (DPD) called the Rushmoor Local Plan.

Our full Council adopted the Rushmoor Local Plan on 21 February 2019. 

The Local Plan provides the overarching spatial strategy for Rushmoor, guiding the location, scale and type of future development to 2032, as well as providing detailed development management policies.

We have produced a draft final version of the plan which incorporates the main changes included in the inspector's report and other minor changes that we put forward. This version will be superseded when we publish the adopted plan.

Examination of the plan

We submitted the draft submission Rushmoor Local Plan and supporting evidence for examination to the Planning Inspectorate on 2 February 2018. The public hearings were held in May 2018.  You can find information about the examination on our Rushmoor Local Plan examination page.  We received the pdf icon inspector's report [424kb] on 14 January 2019.  Having considered all the evidence before her, including the most recent public consultation responses, the inspector concluded that the Local Plan was 'sound' and provided an appropriate basis for the planning of the borough, subject to a series of  pdf icon main modifications [554kb].

    You can find further details about the production of the Local Plan, and other development plan documents, in the latest Local Development Scheme on our Programme management for the Rushmoor Plan page.  

    Public consultation on the plan

    The first formal stage of public consultation on the Local Plan, known as the 'preferred approach' stage, took place in June and July 2015.  You can read about the 'preferred approach' consultation and its outcomes on our Rushmoor Local Plan - preferred approach page.

    The second formal stage of public consultation on the Local Plan, known as the 'draft submission' stage, took place in June and July 2017.  You can read the representations we received on our public consultation portal.

    The latest version of the Plan takes into account many of the ideas and comments from these and earlier consultations.

    Assessing the sustainability of the plan

    We prepared a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) to assess the environmental, economic and social impact of our plan policies within the draft submission version of the Local Plan.  This appraisal incorporates the requirements of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).  

    We also prepared a Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) to determine if the Local Plan would have significant adverse effects on the integrity of internationally-designated sites of nature conservation importance, or Natura 2000 sites.

    Equality Impact Assessment

    We are required by law to assess the likely impact of the Local Plan's policies upon the local community with the aim of eliminating discrimination and tackling inequality and this is set out in the document below:

    Background evidence

    You can view the background evidence we used in the preparation of the Rushmoor Local Plan on our Evidence in support of the Rushmoor Plan page.  

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