A Local Plan is the key document in planning for the district as it sets out local planning policies and identifies how land is used, determining what will be built where. Adopted local plans provide the framework for development across England.

A Local Plan covers the whole of a planning authority (in our case Dover District Council), it has to be consistent with the National Planning Policy Framework and deliver development required by national government.

Our Local Plan was one of the first in the country, key parts of it were adopted in 2010 based on research that dates back to 2006. DDC are in the process of producing a new Local Plan which will cover the period to 2037 and will set out the key policies for the district.

The expertise of of our head of planning, Robin Green, has been recognised by being co-opted onto a working party reviewing the Local Plan.