Rutland County Council is continuing to gather evidence and information to support the development of Rutland’s new Local Plan, with further public consultation expected to take place in the autumn.
Every Planning Authority must have a Local Plan that sets out what can be built and where building should take place over a period of at least 15 years. Local Plans hold important policies to support environmental protection, jobs and the economy. They also help to decide where investment is needed for infrastructure like roads, schools and health services.
Rutland County Council held an Issues and Options consultation in summer 2022, asking residents how they would choose to tackle 12 key issues that need to be addressed through the new Local Plan, including the environment, travel, infrastructure and housing need.
Feedback received as part of the Issues and Options consultation is being reviewed alongside detailed evidence and analysis of the same key issues to create a draft Local Plan, which will be subject to further public consultation during what’s know as the ‘Preferred Options’ stage of plan-making.
Following minor changes to Rutland’s Local Plan Development Scheme, which provides the timetable for producing the Plan, the Council can confirm that the Preferred Options consultation is expected to take place in autumn 2023.
Further information about each stage of the process to develop Rutland’s new Local Plan can be found on our Local Plan page. This includes a document summarising all feedback gathered as part of the Issues and Options consultation in summer 2022, which is available to read and download.
Rutland County Council will also publish the results of key studies that are being carried out to support the development of the Local Plan, as this information becomes available. This will include the findings from landscape, open space and infrastructure studies that are due to be completed in the coming months.