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Guide to Development Management at Gateshead
Spatial Planning
Gateshead is a borough of big ambitions. We have already
developed a vision for the future of Gateshead in the Sustainable
Community Strategy document ‘Vision 2030’. The Local Plan will
help make this vision happen on the ground. The Local Plan is
prepared by the Council with input from the community and
others. The Local Plan will eventually be made up of a number of
documents and will make sure that the vision is delivered
considering the environment, the economy and local communities.
Statutory Development Plan
The Gateshead Unitary Development Plan (UDP) was adopted in
2007 and it plays a major role in shaping the future of Gateshead.
It shows what every piece of land in Gateshead can be used for.
The situation is a little complicated, in that the Council is moving
from one plan to another. The current Unitary Development Plan
(UDP) adopted in 2007 will be phased out and the new Local
Plan phased in. Under paragraph 1(3) of Schedule 8 of the
Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, in July 2010, 153
of the UDP policies were saved by direction of the Secretary of
State. These saved polices will for the development plan policies
in the interim.
The recent replacement of national planning policy statements with
the concise National Planning Policy Framework (March 2012) has
further added to the complexity of plan and policy development.
The elements of the statutory Development Plan now are:
The Unitary Development Plan saved policies (2010)
Local Plan
The Local Plan is the way in which Gateshead Council will present
its proposals for the use and development of land. It is the
document (or rather a set of documents) that will replace the UDP.
There will be two main types of policy documents in the Local
Plan:
Local Development Documents, which are full parts of the
statutory Local Plan and which are subject to independent
examination by a planning inspector.
Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs), which undergo a
parallel but simpler and quicker statutory process, and have
lower status. They cannot rewrite policy or allocate land, but
present further information and guidance on policy.
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