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April 2021: 5 Year Housing Land Supply Statement

The latest report covers the five year period from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2025. It can be viewed here.

March 2021: Local Development Scheme

Approval for the publication of the Local Development Scheme (LDS) was given at Cabinet Meeting on Wednesday 17 March 2021.The LDS includes the timetable for the production of the new Local Plan for Newcaste-under-Lyme.The LDS can be read below.

March 2021: Betley, Balterley and Wrinehill Neighbourhood Plan Submitted

Betley, Balterley and Wrinehill Parish Council submitted a Neighbourhood Plan Proposal to Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council on 23 March 2021. In accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council has published the proposed Betley, Balterley and Wrinehill Neighbourhood Plan for a period of six weeks from 19 April to 31 May 2021 in order to receive representations on the submitted plan.

All documents submitted for the Betley, Balterley and Wrinehill Neighbourhood Plan, and how to submit a response, can be viewed on the Neighbourhood Plan page.

March 2021: Statement of Community Involvement

In March 2021 Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council published the draft of the revised Statement of Community Involvement (SCI). It will replace the SCI draft published in 2020 for the joint Local Plan between Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent. The SCI sets out the council's policy for involving the local community in:

  • the development of the Local Plan; and
  • the determination of planning applications.

It was necessary to produce the new SCI as a result of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council deciding to produce new Local Plans independent of each other. 

The updated SCI can be downloaded below. 

Statement of Community Involvement Consultation

Do you agree with the Statement of Community Involvement, March 2021?

Have your say! A consultation database has been produced in order to compile all representations made in relation to the SCI. Any comments you wish to make should be emailed to planningpolicy@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk. All representations will be acknowledged. 

The consultation of the Draft SCI will be carried out in accordance with the proposals set out in Table 5: Statement of Community Involvement Consultation on page 22 of the Draft SCI. Therefore, the consultation of the Draft SCI will be open for 6 weeks. All representations should be made before 24 May at 5pm.

The information provided will be held in the database and processed in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 2018.

January 2021: Local Plan - A Review of the Options

On 13 January 2021 members of Cabinet resolved to undertake the production of a new Borough Local Plan independent of Stoke-on-Trent City Council. This followed Cabinets decision on 9 December 2020 to carry out a consultation to review the Joint Local Plan and determine the suitability of proceeding with it, or to start work on a new Borough Local Plan. The latest Cabinet Report for the Local Plan update can be viewed following this link.

This consultation has now closed. The Council would like to thank everyone who submitted a representation to express their views on this matter. All responses are summarised within the latest Cabinet Report following the link as shown above.

The planning policy sections of the website are currently being updated to reflect this new position. All contacts registered on the Joint Local Plan Consultation Database will be contacted in due course.

If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact the Planning Policy Team by email: planningpolicy@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk, or telephone: 01782 742467.

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 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.

Community Infrastructure Levy

Following the decision to prepare the new 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 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 –

Last updated 30 April 2021

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