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National, Regional and County Planning Policy Documents

In addition to Local Plan No.3 and emerging Local Plan No.4 it is necessary to consider the policies and plans at the national, regional and county level.

National Planning Policy

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published in March 2012. The NPPF makes it clear that its policies apply immediately. Annex 3 to the NPPF lists the Planning Policy Guidance, Planning Policy Statements, Circulars and other guidance that are replaced by the NPPF.

The NPPF must be used to guide the preparation of local plans and may be relevant in determining planning applications. Planning applications must be determined in accordance with the development plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise. The introduction of the NPPF is a material consideration in planning decisions. The Development Plan for Redditch Borough will continue to include the saved Policies of Local Plan No.3, however these policies may only be given ‘due weight’, in accordance with paragraph 215 of the NPPF. The weight given to saved Local Plan No.3 policies will be based on their degree of consistency with the NPPF; the closer the policies in the plan to the policies in the NPPF, the greater the weight that may be given.  Some limited weight may be given to emerging policies in some circumstances (NPPF paragraph 216).

Regional Planning Policy

The West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy forms part of the development plan for Redditch Borough.

Revocation of the RSS

Regional Strategies, including the West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy (WMRSS), were revoked by the coalition Government in July 2010. The Localism Act 2011 allows the Secretary of State to revoke saved Structure Plan policies and Regional Strategies.  

County Planning Policy

Planning documents produced by Worcestershire County Council form part of the development plan for Redditch Borough.   

Worcestershire Structure Plan

The Structure Plan establishes a strategic policy framework for development and land use planning over the entire County. The Plan provides a statement of the overall strategy for development and the use of land in Worcestershire and in so doing, indicates how the balance between development and conservation has been achieved. The Structure Plan was designed to cover the period 1996 – 2011.

As of the 27th September 2007 a number of the Worcestershire County Structure Plan Policies were saved. Policies which were not saved can not be considered part of the Development Plan for the Borough of Redditch.


Minerals and Waste Planning Policy

The County Council is responsible for preparing Minerals and Waste planning policy for Worcestershire.

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