Government guidance requires the policies in Local Plans to be based upon sound evidence. The Council commissioned a number of evidence base documents which informed the preparation of the Local Plan. These documents were published to provide transparency about the factual basis on which the Local Plan was prepared. Studies which have been approved following the adoption of the Local Plan on 15 December 2021 and which will inform planning policy documents are also published on this page. The documents are listed below:



Natural Environment

Built Environment

Open Spaces and Sports Provision

Retail, Town Centre and Leisure



Further documents listed below, although not strictly evidence, informs the development of the policies and site allocations of the emerging Local Plan:

Other relevant information

Built Environment


Statement of Community Involvement

The Statement of Community Involvement was approved at the Council meeting on Wednesday 27 February 2019.


Evidence used to prepare the Core Strategy has been archived and is available to view here.  

Forward Planning