Local plan 2040

We are reviewing our local plan with the aim to create a new local plan that will provide direction on the future growth of the area. Once adopted it will replace the current local plan strategy (which was adopted in 2015) and the local plan allocations document, which was adopted in July 2019. Until the time the new local plan is adopted we will continue to use the existing local plan when making planning decisions.

Lichfield District local plan 2040 regulation 19 consultation

From 5 July to 30 August 2021 we are holding a public consultation on the soundness and legal compliance of the pre-submission (publication) version of the Lichfield District local plan.

We have put together a YouTube video (which you can also view below) and some frequently asked questions to give you more information about the local plan 2040 and how to make a comment. The frequently asked questions will be updated throughout the consultation.

You can also view the evidence base which has been prepared in support of the local plan.

Comment on the local plan 2040

The purpose of this consultation relates to receiving comments on:

  • Legal compliance – does the plan meet the legal requirements made under various statutes?
  • Soundness – has the plan been positively prepared, justified, effective, and consistent with national policy?
  • Meets the Duty to Cooperate – has the council engaged and worked effectively with neighbouring authorities and statutory bodies?

All comments received will be sent to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, who will appoint an independent Planning Inspector to examine the submission version of the plan along with all the representations. We will consider all responses received by 5pm on 30 August 2021. Late responses will not be accepted under any circumstances and individual acknowledgement of receipt will not be possible.

There are a number of ways to submit your comments:

Please submit your comments using our consultation portal if possible.

If you are unable to comment using the portal you can complete a representation form and email it to our development plans email address.

Or you can send it in writing to:

Spatial Policy & Delivery, Lichfield District Council, Frog Lane, Lichfield WS13 6YZ

Your personal details

It is important that the Planning Inspector and all participants in the examination process are able to know who has given feedback on the plan. Therefore, all comments received, including contact details, will be passed onto the inspector. In addition, all comments will be made public on our website including the names of those who submitted them. All other personal information will remain confidential. For more information on how your data will be processed please see the enclosed privacy notice. You will be added to our database online and may be contacted at future stages of the local plan process. If you do not wish to be contacted further please advise us.

View the local plan 2040 and drop-in sessions

You can view the local plan 2040 online. Hard copies of the plan and associated documents will be available to view at the following locations throughout the consultation period:

  • Friary Grange Leisure Centre
  • Burntwood Library, Sankey's Corner
  • Burntwood Leisure Centre

The document will also be made available in hard copy at the Lichfield District Council House in a Covid secure manner, on request. Subject to Covid restrictions lifting, the plan will be available at the District Council House between 9am and 5pm.

Throughout the consultation planning officers will be available over the phone to discuss the plan or clarify any information. To speak to a planner, please call 01543 308192 between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday.

We will hold drop-in sessions in Lichfield and Burntwood where planning officers will be available to talk to about the consultation. The drop-in events are as follows, please note that all sessions are subject to Covid-19 guidance:

  • Fazeley Town Hall - Tuesday 27 July 2pm to 5pm
  • Fradley Village Hall - Friday 30 July, 2pm to 5pm
  • Whittington Village Hall - Saturday 7 August, 10am to 1pm
  • Burntwood Leisure Centre - Tuesday 10 August, 2pm to 5pm
  • District Council House, Lichfield - Wednesday 11 August, 2pm to 5pm 

If you intend to join us at one of our drop-in sessions, so everyone feels safe, we ask that you:

  • Take a rapid test in advance
  • Use the hand gel
  • Wear a face covering
  • Keep a safe distance

Preferred options

The third stage of the local plan 2040 (formerly the local plan review) was the local plan review preferred options document which was consulted upon between 29 November 2019 and 24 January 2020.

The document and its supporting documents can be viewed using the links below:

Preferred options & policy directions

The second stage of the local plan 2040 was the local plan review preferred options & policy directions document which was consulted upon between 28 January and 18 March 2019.

The document and its supporting documents can be viewed using the links below:

Scope, issues & options document

The first stage of the local plan review - the scope, issues & options document which was consulted upon between 30 April and 11 June 2018. The document began to consider some of the key issues facing the district and a number of potential solutions.

The scope, issues & options document was supported by a number of documents: