Emerging planning policy and guidance
This page contains details of Plans underway and the timetable for document production (Local Development Scheme)
Local Plan Review
In April 2018 the Council decided that work needed to begin on a Local Plan Review because the strategic part of the current Local Plan, the Hastings Planning Strategy (HPS), runs until 2028 which is now less than 10 years away. In order to maintain a local plan with a sufficiently forward looking timescale, we need to begin planning for the period up to 2036. In addition, since the adoption of the HPS, nationally, planning legislation and national planning policy guidance (NPPG) has been added to and revised, chiefly in relation to the provision and delivery of housing.
Since the adoption of part 2 of the Local Plan, the Development Management Plan (DMP), the Council has been developing what was to be a third and final part of the Local Plan, an Area Action Plan for Hastings Town Centre and Bohemia. However, because it is imperative that the local plan review process is completed in as short a time as possible, we have decided the Area Action Plan will be combined with the Local Plan Review, and a single development plan document produced.
A good deal of work and public involvement in shaping the vision, objectives and content of the Hastings Town Centre and Bohemia Area Action Plan has been undertaken already. A first draft of the Action Plan underwent a 12 week public consultation in autumn 2018. The comments received from that consultation will be of help in shaping the policies and proposals which will now be incorporated into a new Local Plan document. The Local Plan will cover a range of strategic issues including housing and employment and the development aspirations for Hastings Town Centre and Bohemia area. Public consultation on this revised Local Plan including proposals for the town centre and Bohemia will begin in late 2019.
In the meantime we will continue to update the contents of this webpage and our evidence base page as work progresses, publishing out research and evidence to support the revised Local Plan as available. We will also be publishing all the comments received from the Hastings Town Centre and Bohemia Area Action Plan consultation and outlining how these will be changing and influencing the proposals for this important area in the new draft Local Plan.
The timeline for key stages in the production of the revised Local Plan, including how and when you can get involved is set out in the latest version of our Local Development Scheme.
- Local Development Scheme
- Local Plan Review evidence base
- Hastings Town Centre and Bohemia Area Action Plan