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
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
County Planning Policy
Planning documents produced by Worcestershire County Council
form part of the development plan for Redditch Borough.
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 –
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.
The County Council is responsible for preparing Minerals and
Waste planning policy for Worcestershire.