Planning policy consultations

The Planning Service undertakes regular consultation on the development of its Local Plan and related policy documents.  

Consultation on the Planning Obligations SPD 2020

We consulted on a draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) on Planning Obligations from 31 January to 28 February. The SPD provides guidance on how planning obligations are used to promote sustainable development, provide affordable housing to meet identified needs and deliver the infrastructure necessary to support the growth of the borough. It also takes account of the changes to developer contributions that came into effect on 1 September 2019 through the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2019.

The Council has considered the views that were submitted as part of the consultation, which are collated below along with the Council’s response and any amendments made to the document.

Following the consultation process, and amendments made in response to this, the Planning Obligations SPD has now been adopted. View the Council’s adopted SPDs. It now forms a material consideration when assessing any planning applications within the borough, and will replace the previous Planning Obligations SPD, which was adopted in March 2015.

Prior to this consultation, the Council held a public consultation on an earlier version of this document for eight weeks from 12 December 2018 until 6 February 2019. 

Consultation portal

Visit the consultation portal to view previous consultations and responses received.

How to be included in a future consultation

To be included in future consultations on planning policy, please email your details to

Anyone who has previously commented on policy documents will automatically be included in future policy consultations.