The Local Plan is a definition of areas of permitted development or development potential, determined through public consultation. These areas are outlined by the Framework Boundary, within which development may be permitted subject to a successful planning application. Local Plans usually have a span of five years - our current Plan expires in 2001. The new Local Plan, however, will have a span of ten years (2001 - 2011) and it is anticipated that developers and landowners will intensify their efforts to change the Framework Boundary in Purton.
Chronologically, the process started with an Issues Paper(October - December 1999), that dealt with the existing Framework Boundary and led to objections by interested parties. These might be from developers or landowners, for example, who want the existing Boundary to be extended.
The Issues Paper is then discussed by a committee which prepares the first (draft) Deposit Local Plan. This Deposit Local Plan will be put to Public Consultation for a period of 6 weeks, which is likely to be mid to late 2001. This is the time for the public to make constructive observations on the objections.
There are then further discussions in committee to take account of these observations and the second Deposit Paper is compiled which then goes to a further Public Consultation period of 6 weeks, probably mid to late 2002. At this Public Consultation, observations can be made only in respect of the contents of the plan arising from the first Public Consultation.
Finally, the outstanding objections to the second Deposit Local Plan are considered by the Planning Inspector who adjudicates on the objections and observations, to arrive at the Local Plan for 2001 - 2011, which will see ratification, adoption and publication in 2004/5.
You can find details about the Local Plan through this link to the North Wiltshire District Council website. From the Home Page, go to "Forward Planning" and "Local Plan".