Local Plan

Hartlepool Borough Council has now submitted the Local Plan to the Secretary of State for examination to test the soundness of the plan.  Up to date information on the Local Plan examination can be found on the Local Plan Examination homepage.

The local plan was submitted following a consultation period on the following ‘Publication’ stage documentation, Local Plan Consultation Document /Proposal Map and associated Sustainability Appraisal, Habitats Regulations Assessment and Statement of Representations Procedure.  Over 2000 representations to the publication stage were received, details of these are available in the Publication Stage Consultation Statement.

The Council consulted on its Local Plan Preferred Options Document for an eight week period during May-July 2016. In total 240 responses were received in response to the consultation the Preferred Options.

Whilst a new Local Plan is developed this HBC Policy Framework has been produced to show where it is considered that saved policies from the 2006 Local Plan are in conformity with the National Planning Policy Framework.

As part of the production of the new Local Plan, various pieces of evidence base work need to be produced. To date these documents have been endorsed by Regeneration Services Committee, they are: 1) Gypsy & Traveller Accommodation Assessment 2) Open Space, Sport & Recreation Assessment 3) Employment Land Review 4) Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment and SHLAA Map 5) Strategic Housing Market Assessment (2015) and Strategic Housing Market Assessment Addendum (2016). Recently two further pieces of Evidence base have been produced to help inform the production of the plan are the Local Infrastructure Plan and the Strategy for the Historic Environment.

The Council consulted on its Local Plan Issues and Options Document May 2014, and forty five responses were received.

Hartlepool Local Plan 2006

The Hartlepool Local Plan including Appendices and Supplementary Notes is the development plan for Hartlepool. The planning policies and standards within them will be used to determine planning applications received by the Development Control Section.  A schedule of those policies which the Secretary of State has agreed can be saved (as from the 13th April 2009) can be viewed on the downloads page.

The Council had been through the process of producing a new Local Plan, however the decision was taken to withdraw the Local Plan and it was formally withdrawn on the 11th November 2013. You can read
The formal letter to the Planning Inspectorate for full statement.

The Local Development Scheme was amended and endorsed in November 2016:

Hartlepool Local Development Scheme - November 2016

The five Tees Valley local authorities prepared Joint Minerals and Waste Development Plan Documents (DPDs) to set out planning policies and site allocations on minerals and waste developments until 2026. The Tees Valley authorities formally adopted this DPD on the 15th September 2011.

Neighbourhood Planning has been introduced through the Localism Act and seeks to devolve certain planning powers to local communities to give them more say in how their area develops.

The adopted
Transport Assessments and Travel Plans Supplementary has also been prepared and was adopted in 2010. The Green Infrastructure SPD and Action Plan was adopted by Council on the 27th February 2014 and a Trees and Development SPD has also recently been adopted. A Shop Front Design Guide SPD was adopted on the 18th December, the New Dwelling Outside of Development Limits SPD on 6th August 2015, the Seaton Carew SPD on 17th September 2015 and the Planning Obligations SPD on 12th November 2015.

Hartlepool has also recently been identified as part of the
Tees Valley Enterprise Zone.

The Council has also prepared a joint 
Community Strategy and Local Development Framework Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report.

If you are interested in flooding and would like to see the flood map for the town please visit the
Environment Agency website and type in your postcode.

The Government is currently looking for potential sites for new nuclear power stations and prospective developer EDF Energy has nominated Hartlepool as a location. During April and May 2009 the Department of Energy & Climate Change arranged a short public consultation exercise about the eleven sites nominated around the country. This was followed by a longer and broader consultation in the Autumn 2009 on the Government's Nuclear National Planning Policy. Hartlepool Borough Council submitted on 11 May 2009 its
formal response to the Department of Energy & Climate Change agreeing that the nomination of a site for a new nuclear power station at Hartlepool merits further investigation by the Government in the its preparation of a draft Nuclear National Policy.

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All downloads relating to the Planning Policy/Local Plan