Welcome to the Joint Local Plan website which the two councils have set up to make sure residents and other stakeholders are kept involved and informed in the process of preparing a new Joint Local Plan for Newcastle-under-Lyme and the City of Stoke-on-Trent.
What is a Local Plan?
The Joint Local Plan is being prepared jointly by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council. It will affect you in a variety of ways from new housing, roads, shops, businesses and schools.
Before any decisions are made about how much housing and employment land is required for the future and where this should be built, it is important that you have your say.
Have your say on shaping the future of Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent.
Strategic Options Consultation 17 July – 15 August 2017 (NOW EXTENDED TO 5PM TUESDAY 22 AUGUST 2017)
Between 17 July and 15 August (now extended to 5pm Tuesday 22 August 2017), Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council are seeking views on the Strategic Options Consultation Document (PDF, 11.37Mb). This Strategic Options consultation document is an important stage in the preparation of the Joint Local Plan for the area. Please note that the original Strategic Option 5 map was published incorrectly and is now been replaced with the correct version Strategic Option 5 Map (PDF, 971Kb).
We are seeking your views on:
The Strategic Options consultation document sets out:
- A new vision for the Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent
- the aims and objectives to achieve that vision
- four employment and housing growth options and
- six broad locations where employment and housing could go.
The headline figures over the plan period are the need for 27,800 houses and 199 hectares of employment land to support more than 17,000 jobs. There are other scenarios lower and higher than this which are set out in the document.
A summary guide to the Strategic Options consultation is available here (PDF, 544Kb).
To see the supporting evidence please see Joint Local Plan Supporting evidence here
Call for Sites
At this stage in the development of the Joint Local Plan the councils have not identified specific sites for different uses of land. However, in order to ensure we take into account all potential development land we want to take the opportunity to invite submissions from land owners for a wide range of potential sites and uses across both areas. These include: housing, employment, retail, leisure, open space, community facilities and sites for gypsies and travellers. Please note that potential housing sites need to be capable of delivering five or more dwellings and potential commercial sites must be a minimum of 0.25ha (0.62 acres). To find out more information please click here.
To have your say
To comment on the Strategic Options consultation document please complete the online form and submit it to us no later than 5pm on Tuesday 22 August, 2017.
Background information on the facts and figures contained in the Strategic Options Consultation document can be found by visiting the Joint Local Evidence page
How can I find out more?
A FAQ sheet will be published shortly.
From Monday 17 July 2017 reference copies of the consultation documents can be viewed at the following locations:
- Guildhall Customer Service Centre, High Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 1PW
- The Madeley Centre, New Road, Madeley, CW3 9DW
- Kidsgrove Customer Service Centre, Town Hall, Kidsgrove, ST7 4EL
- Libraries within Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Civic Centre, Glebe Street, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 1HH
- 1 Smithfield, Hanley, ST1 4FA
- Longton Customer Service Centre, 1 Commerce Street, Longton, ST3 1NW
- Tunstall Customer Service Centre, 142 High Street, Tunstall, ST6 5TP
- Libraries within Stoke-on-Trent (documents only)
Visit one of our manned events between 10am and 3pm on:
- Friday 28 July at Newcastle-under-Lyme outdoor market
- Friday 28 July at 1 Smithfield, Hanley
You can also contact a member of the planning policy team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01782 742333 between normal office hours (9am - 5pm Monday – Friday) . You can also keep in touch through the councils’ Facebook and Twitter accounts by going to the bookmark at the foot of the any council webpage.
What happens next?
The councils will consider each of the responses and then propose the preferred level of growth for housing and employment land and will propose sites for development. This will be set out in a Preferred Options document, which we aim to consult on before the end of 2017.
This will set out a preferred planning approach taking into account the comments received during the consultation on the Strategic Options. Following this there will be further rounds of public consultation before the final plan is submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for independent examination. Both councils aim to adopt the Joint Local Plan by 2020.
The full process for the production of the Joint Local Plan is set out below. This programme updates the programme approved by the councils in January 2016.
Previous Joint Local Plan Consultation
Issues Consultation (February - March 2016) Closed
In 2016 the borough council and the city council consulted on the strategic issues for the Joint Local Plan to address. The consultation sought to ensure that the Joint Local Plan will reflect the need and aspirations of the local community. Summaries of the comments that were submitted during the public consultation period and the councils’ response are set out in the Issues Consultation and Responses document.
The documents that were made available during the Issues consultation can still be viewed below.
An Issues Consultation Document (PDF, 1.42mb) was prepared which sets out the strategic issues that were subject to public consultation.
This was supported by a 'Summary Guide' (PDF, 513kb) which provided an overview of the issues that were identified within the main consultation document, along with a list of 'Frequently Asked Questions' (PDF, 30kb).
The issues were identified from the most recent available evidence, including new housing and employment need assessments that have been undertaken jointly by the two councils. Technical papers were prepared that summarised this detailed evidence. These technical papers and detailed evidence documents are available to view on the following page: Joint Local Plan - Supporting Evidence