Land and premises

The 2004 Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act (amended 2008) sets out the system for preparing planning policy documents.

These documents contain policies and proposals for the development and use of land.

The plans which must be prepared are:

  • The Regional Spatial Strategy, which is prepared by East Midlands Councils (formerly East Midlands Regional Assembly). The East Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy was adopted in March 2009 and sets out a broad strategy of how the region should be developed and look up to 2026.

  • Local Development Frameworks are folders of local development documents jointly prepared by the county and city councils for minerals and waste matters. Derby City Council, borough and district councils and the Peak District National Park prepare Local Development Frameworks for other planning matters in their areas.

Proposed changes to the planning system

The Government is currently considering a number of changes to the land use planning system.

It is proposing to abolish Regional Spatial Strategies in the Localism Bill, which is currently progressing through Parliament.

Until the bill is passed, however, the East Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy is still part of the development plan for the preparation of Local Development Frameworks and assessments of planning applications.

The Localism Bill also proposes changes to the system of preparing development plans at the local level.

It is proposed, however, that the new system of local plans will still be jointly prepared by the county and city councils for minerals and waste matters.

Derby City Council, borough and district councils and the Peak District National Park will prepare local plans for other planning matters in their areas.

Local communities and businesses would be given new powers to prepare their own Neighbourhood Development Plans.

The Government published its Draft National Planning Policy Framework in July 2011, in which it sets out its proposals for reforming the system for preparing planning policy documents at the local level.

The National Planning Policy Framework will eventually replace all existing planning policy statements and planning policy guidance notes on land use planning matters.

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