What is it?
Local Plans are at the heart of the local planning system. They set out a framework for the future of development in the area as a whole, but are also a critical tool for deciding individual planning applications. The Local Plan is created by the Planning Authority (the Council) and should be a starting point for Planning Committees in helping them to decide whether applications can be approved. Councils are legally required to create Local Plans.View on gov.uk
How can the BIMBY toolkit be used to create a Local Plan?
If a local plan doesn’t exist or needs updating then the Local Planning Authority can use Workshops 1 and 2 to understand the assets and needs of the communities within the local plan area and use the walkable catchment analysis to decide where the most logical and efficient place/s for new housing should be.
If an up-to-date Local Plan already exists then workshops 1 and 2 are still valid and indeed may shed light on existing allocated sites. However workshop 3 will be particularly useful in creating local housing standards. This can either be adopted at Local Plan level or the BIMBY Housing manual can be referenced in the Local Plan and adopted as policy as part of a Neighbourhood Plan. The BIMBY Housing Manual should be referenced in the Local Planning Authority’s Statement of Community Involvement (SCI), which sets out its policies on involving the community in local development documents and consulting on planning applications.