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Joint Local Plan

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council have agreed to work together to prepare a new Joint Local Plan that will guide the future development of both areas up to 2033. This will replace the existing Core Spatial Strategy and the remaining saved policies from the Newcastle-under-Lyme Local Plan 2011.

Joint Local Plan Issues Consultation: the two councils prepared an Issues Consultation Document which sets out the planning matters that the new plan may need to address. This first stage of public consultation on the new plan ran from Monday, 15 February to 5pm on Tuesday, 29 March 2016. This consultation is now closed. We are currently considering the comments received as we prepare the Joint Local Plan Strategic Options, which will be the next stage of public consultation.

Further information on the Joint Local Plan and the different stages of plan production can be viewed on the Joint Local Plan webpage.

If you wish to be added to the Joint Local Plan consultation database then please send your e-mail address to planningpolicy@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk. Alternatively, write to Planning Policy, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Civic Offices, Merrial Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 2AG including your name, building number, street and postcode. Without a building number or postcode we will not be able to contact you.

Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent Core Spatial Strategy status

The adopted Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent Core Spatial Strategy will remain part of the approved development plan for the area, as will the saved policies of the Newcastle-under-Lyme Local Plan 2011, until the new Joint Local Plan is adopted. Planning applications will continue to be assessed against these policies although the weight given to them is dependent upon their closeness to policies within the National Planning Policy Framework.

Withdrawal of the Newcastle-under-Lyme Site Allocations and Policies Local Plan

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council decided to withdraw the Newcastle-under-Lyme Site Allocations and Policies Local Plan on 11 December 2013 and instead prepare the new Joint Local Plan with Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Community Infrastructure Levy

Following the decision to prepare the new Joint Local Plan, the Borough Council has suspended its work on introducing a community infrastructure levy charge. This will be kept under review as work on the Joint Local Plan progresses.

The work of the planning policy team

The planning policy business unit is mainly involved in writing sets of policies which state the unique social, environmental and economic characteristics of the borough and aim to direct investment to deliver spaces, places and buildings which improve quality of life.

All planning applications in the borough should be determined in accordance with the Development Plan. This currently consists of the Core Spatial Strategy and saved Local Plan policies. Further information about the current Development Plan can be found by following the link below:

Current Development Plan


Monitoring is an important part of evidence-based policy making. It plays a major role in the development, revision and adjustment of local planning policies, ensuring that the policies are up to date and reflect changing issues and challenges.

Councils can publish their monitoring information in an "Authority Monitoring Report" (AMR), which can be published on an annual basis if the local planning authority wishes to do so. The progress towards preparing individual planning policy documents, progress on policies and related targets (national and local) including evidence of a five-year land supply are all topics that can be covered within an AMR. Between 2005 and 2011 the Borough Council published an AMR on an annual basis. From 2012 onwards the Five Year Housing Land Supply Statement has been published on an annual basis, without the need for a full AMR. All of these reports can be viewed via the following link: Planning Policy Monitoring Information

Further Information

For more information on the work done by the planning policy team, please follow the links below –

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