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Planning policy webpage:

Current policy

The development plan currently comprises:

 Local Plan (1997)- saved policies

 Local Plan Alteration Number 1 (2006)- saved policies

 Core Strategy (2010)

Joint Minerals and Waste Core Strategy and Policies and Sites LDDs (September 2011)

The documents which form the development plan provide a detailed framework within which planning applications are determined. It aims to balance the need for development with the protection of the heritage, environment and character of the area.

Upon adoption the emerging Stockton-on-Tees Local Plan will replace all of the above documents with the exception of those relating to minerals and waste.

(SBC website 30th Dec 17)

Future policy

Emerging Local Plan webpage:

The Local Plan sets out a vision for the future development of the Borough in relation to housing, the economy, community facilities and infrastructure up to 2032. A Draft Local Plan was subject to consultation in late 2016. Comments received have now been reviewed and the Council have prepared the Publication Draft Local Plan.

The Stockton-on-Tees Local Plan was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on 21 December 2017.  On 2 January 2018 the Planning Inspectorate wrote to the Council to inform them that in response to the submission, the Secretary of State, in accordance with section 20 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended) has appointed Matthew Birkinshaw BA (Hons) MSc MRTPI to conduct the examination to determine whether the Stockton-on-Tees Local Plan is sound.

All updates about the Local Plan examination process, timetable and available information can be found on the Stockton-on-Tees Local Plan Examination webpage (

The Publication Draft Local Plan was available for comment between 25 September and 6 November 2017. All comments received have been submitted to the Secretary of State and will be considered as part of the public examination by the independent Planning Inspector.

The Local Plan will, when adopted, replace the adopted Core Strategy, the saved policies of the adopted Stockton on Tees Local Plan and Alteration No. 1. Alongside the Minerals and Waste Core Strategy and Policies and Sites DPDs and a number of adopted Supplementary Planning Documents the Local Plan will provide the policy basis for the determination of planning applications within the Borough.

What documents have been submitted and how can they be viewed

The public examination will be of the Publication Draft Local Plan which has been submitted to the Secretary of State. These documents are listed under the heading ‘The Publication Draft Local Plan’ below. The documents detailed under ‘Supporting Documents’ and ‘Evidence Base’ have also been submitted alongside other relevant documents.

The following documents have been updated following consultation on the Publication Draft Local Plan and have also been submitted to the Secretary of State:

Consultation Statement– an updated statement detailing representations received during all formal stages of consultation on the Local Plan including the main issues raised to the Publication Draft Local Plan

Duty to Cooperate Statement of Compliance  - an updated and extended statement summarising the work that the Council has undertaken with adjoining local authorities and other prescribed bodies in the preparation of the Local Plan. The statement is supported by an Addendum which draws together a collection of minutes providing evidence of how the Council has conducted meaningful engagement with the prescribed Duty to Cooperate Organisations.


The following statement is a notice of submission and provides detail regarding the availability of documents for inspection.

 Notice of Submission

(STC website 27th Jan 18)

Timetable: this is found in the Local Development Scheme (LDS)

The timetable for preparing the Local Plan is as follows: 

   Milestone   Date

  1  Completion of Evidence Base Review   Summer 2016

  2  Targeted engagement   Summer 2016

  3  Plan in Preparation Stage   Autumn 2016

  4  Publication Draft Plan   Summer 2017

  5  Submission of Draft Plan   Autumn 2017

  6  Examination   Spring 2018

  7  Inspectors’ Report   Spring 2018

  8  Adoption   Summer 2018