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Joint Local Plan Consultation


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.

Preferred Options Consultation 1 February – 1 March 2018 (NOW CLOSED)

This stage in the preparation of the Joint Local Plan is the Preferred Options document, this sets out the preferred levels of housing and employment growth that Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council are planning for over a twenty year period and the initial set of preferred housing and employment site locations to accommodate this growth. This follows the consultation held in Summer 2017 on a range housing and employment growth options and six broad locations to accommodate the housing and employment growth options. 

Between 1 February and 5pm on 1 March 2018 Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council seeked comments on the Preferred Options Consultation Document, which sets out:

  • Revised vision, aims and objectives
  • Preferred approach to future levels of housing and employment growth
  • Initial preferred housing and employment sites to accommodate the preferred levels of growth
  • Initial approach to releasing land within the Green Belt
  • Key development proposals required to deliver the preferred development strategy
  • Revised town centre boundaries
  • Retail hierarchy of centres and local retail impact thresholds
  • Twenty character areas

A summary guide is available.

To see the supporting evidence please see Joint Local Plan Supporting evidence here

How can I find out more?

To find out more on the Preferred Options consultation please go to the Planning Policy Joint Local Plan page.

A FAQ sheet has now been published.

From Thursday, 1 February 2018 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)

We are also holding a number of drop-in events to which you are welcome to attend. To find your nearest one please refer to the Newcastle-under-Lyme schedule of events and Stoke-Trent schedule of events

Call for Sites (NOW CLOSED)

At this Preferred Options consultation stage the councils have  identified an initial set of sites for housing and employment, but to ensure we took into account all potential development land we gave 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. Housing sites needed to be capable of delivering five or more dwellings and potential commercial sites must be a minimum of 0.25ha (0.62 acres).

What happens next?

The councils will consider each of the responses and produce a report including the councils' response. We will continue to develop and assess the Preferred Options in more detail and reflect this in the Draft Joint Local Plan which will include detailed planning policies. The aim is  to publish the responses and consult on the Draft Joint Local Plan before the end of 2018. We will continue to collect evidence to inform the Joint Local Plan and Sustainability Appraisal. A full timetable of the process will be published shortly.

If you wish to be added to the Joint Local Plan consultation database then please send your e-mail address to localplan@stoke.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.

Previous Joint Local Plan Consultations

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, 29.5Kb).

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

Strategic Options Consultation 17 July - 22 August 2017

Between 17 July and 22 August, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council sought views on the Strategic Options Consultation Document (PDF, 11.4Mb).

We wanted your views on:

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.

The summary guide to the Strategic Options consultation is available here (PDF, 544Kb).


Last updated 2 March 2018

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