Local plan

The local plan and planning policy

The Local Plan for Pendle sets out policies for the development and protection of land. It shows how and where new development will take place over the next 15 years.  

The Local Plan in Pendle currently comprises the following documents:

The policies in these documents explain what type of development will normally be allowed and where. They are used by planning officers in the determination of planning applications, where they are in conformity with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

The Council is in the process of preparing a new Local Plan for Pendle. The first part of this plan (the Core Strategy) has recently been adopted. Our Framework Newsletter provides you with up-to-date information on emerging planning policy in Pendle. If you would like to be added to our contacts database and receive updates please email ldf@pendle.gov.uk.

The webpages in the Planning Policy section are divided up into five key areas:


  1. Process Documents - these include details of the timetable for the preparation of the Local Plan and how the community will be involved.
  2. Development Plan Documents (DPDs) - these are the key documents which make up the Local Plan - they contain the local set of planning policies.
  3. Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) - these are a set of documents which provide additional, specific detail about a certain topic or location.
  4. Neighbourhood Plans - these are plans prepared by the local community (usually a Parish Council) for a specific area and form part of the development plan for that location.
  5. Evidence Base Documents - these are a set of research documents which support the policies in the Local Plan.


In 2012 the government introduced the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which sets out national planning policy. This document along with the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, Localism Act 2011 and Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, provides guidance to local councils on how to prepare a Local Plan.

Additional sources of information

As well as the information provided on the council's website there are a number of useful websites which provide additional information on Local Plans and planning policy these include:

The Planning Portal

Department for Communities and Local Government

Planning Aid (England)

Planning Aid Leaflet

(The handy guide to planning)

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)