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Local Development Scheme (LDS)

The LDS 2014-2017 sets out the local planning policy documents that will be prepared as part of the Wolverhampton Local Plan.

The planning system has undergone significant changes, intended to simplify the planning process and promote a more flexible, positive approach to managing development. The new system also places more emphasis on community involvement in the planning process.

A plan-led system operates in England, involving the preparation of plans by the local planning authority that set out what can be built and where. Under the new planning system, the council is required to prepare Local Plan documents that set out how the local area may change over the next few years.

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) is a 3 year project plan outlining the programme for developing and adopting local planning policy documents for the period 2014 to 2017. The LDS is intended to inform local residents and stakeholders about:

  • the plans that the council will be preparing over the next 3 years
  • the subject matter of those plans and the geographical coverage
  • the timetable for the production and adoption of the plans

The LDS is effective from October 2014 and will last for 3 years. The LDS document will be refreshed and updated if there is a need for any additional documents not already set out in this LDS version, or if there are any substantial regulatory changes.