Local Development Scheme

Local Development Scheme: Overview

Local Development Scheme Review

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) is the timetable for the preparation and review of the Borough's planning policy documents which make up the Local Plan. It identifies the anticipated date for each stage of plan preparation including the expected adoption date. The LDS is a living document and is updated on a regular basis. The latest update to the LDS can be downloaded here.

The LDS includes a timetable for the following documents which are currently being prepared:

  • Southend Central Area Action Plan (SCAAP)
  • Essex and Southend Joint Waste Development Document
  • Southend-on-Sea Local Plan 

New documents and reviews will be added to the LDS as appropriate. 

Other Planning Policy Documents

Other various elements of the planning system are explained below:

  • Local Development Scheme (LDS) - the project plan for preparation of Development Plan Documents, which together will form the Local Plan for Southend-on-Sea Borough Council;
  • Statement of Community Involvement- contains our policies on consultation and involvement about planning policy documents and planning applications;
  • Annual Monitoring Report - reports on the progress in preparing the Local Plan, and on the implementation and effectiveness of its planning policies;
  • Neighbourhood Plan - The Localism Act (2011) introduced reforms to the planning system and enables communities to create Neighbourhood Plans for their area with the support of the Council;
  • Development Plan Document (DPDs) - These documents form the Local Plan for the Borough and their preparation is charted in the Local Development Scheme. The Core Strategy, which was adopted in 2007, sets out the Council's vision for the town and provides the strategic policy framework to guide and promote all development in the Borough to 2021.
  • Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) - provide additional guidance on Local Plan policies and proposals. The Council has adopted two SPDs: the Design and Townscape Guide SPD that provides guidance on design issues for all development in Southend; and the Planning Obligations SPD, which sets out the Council's approach towards seeking negotiated agreements, usually in the context of planning applications.

Page last updated: 08/06/2017