Harborough Local Plan 2011-2031

Adopted Local Plan

Harborough Local Plan 2011-2031

On Tuesday 30 April 2019, Harborough District Council resolved to adopt the Local Plan 2011-2031 at its Full Council Meeting.

The Local Plan is the Council's principal planning policy document and sets out the vision, objectives, spatial strategy and planning policies for the entire District area, for the period up to 2031. The Local Plan replaces the Council's Core Strategy 2006-2028 and Saved Policies from the previous 2001 Local Plan.

A copy of the Harborough Local Plan 2011-2031, the Sustainability Appraisal, the Policies Map and Adoption Statement are all available online. The Leicestershire Mineral and Waste Local Plan to 2031 now forms part of the Development Plan for Harborough District (adopted 25 September 2019). Further information is available in the following index of links:

Further information regarding the Local Plan Submission and the Examination process is contained on the Council's dedicated webpage, 'Local Plan Submission and Examination'.

Further information relating to Local Plan evidence documents is contained on the Council's dedicated webpage, 'Local Plan - supporting evidence'.

Neighbourhood Plans

Any ‘made’ Neighbourhood Plans in the Harborough District administrative area, form part of the Local Development Plan and are therefore a material consideration in the determination of planning applications. For further information regarding Neighbourhood Plans in the Harborough District, including maps, status updates, referendum results and ‘made’ documents are available on the Council’s dedicated webpage, 'Neighbourhood Planning'.

Supplementary Planning Guidance

Between 11 December 2020 and 5 February 2021 we will be consulting on three consultation draft supplementary planning documents:

  • Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document,
  • Development Management Supplementary Planning Document, and
  • Development Management Local Validation List.

For more information please click here.

The majority of existing Supplementary Planning Guidance Notes  are linked to policies in the previous Local Plan (2001). However, some of the detailed design principles contained within the documents are still relevant and valuable in giving guidance to applicants and in the determination of planning applications. As a result, the Council's Executive resolved on 19 December 2011 that existing guidance, where still relevant, should continue to be used as a material consideration in the determinition of planning applications. Any replacement supplementary planning documents will be published on this page at the relevant time.

Infrastructure Funding Statement

The Community Infrastructure Levy (Amendment) (No.2) (England) Regulations came into force on 1 September 2019. Under the regulations, Infrastructure Funding Statements (IFS) replace CIL Regulation 123 Lists as the mechanism through which infrastructure projects are identified.

The IFS is required to be published annually and provide a summary of all financial and non-financial developer contributions relating to S106s within the District. It will include a statement of infrastructure projects that the Council intends to, wholly or be partly funded by planning obligations. The Government has introduced a requirement for councils to prepare an annual Infrastructure Funding Statement (IFS) which is to be published by 31 December each year and thereafter, at least annually. 

Going forward, it is intended to publish the Council’s IFS each year to provide a statement of the planning obligations received and spent/used for each preceding financial year. It is also a requirement of the IFS to report on the obligations not only secured and spent by the Council’s own services, but also obligations passed to external stakeholders, for example, the police and the health/CCGs.

The Government considers that the Infrastructure Funding Statement (IFS) is an important and useful tool for wider engagement, for example, with local communities, infrastructure providers, and that it can inform Statements of Common Ground. It is intended to add transparency, about how contributions have been used to fund infrastructure improvements and make spending on infrastructure improvements more accountable too.

Local authorities can also report this information in authority monitoring reports but the authority monitoring report is not a substitute for the Infrastructure Funding Statement (IFS). 

Core Strategy Archive

We have archived Core Strategy 2006-2028 and 2001 Local Plan documents, which were superseded on 30 April 2019, by the Harborough Local Plan 2011-2031.