The Local Development Scheme (LDS) does two things:
it sets out the Council’s programme for the preparation of Statutory Local Plan documents including key milestones, and
acts as a comprehensive introduction to the Council's planning policies for the public and stakeholders.
The LDS sets out the Development Plan Documents to be prepared, describing their purposes, roles and the timetables for their preparation including the planned dates for adoption. It is also used for the monitoring of document preparation.
Following the passage of the Localism Act 2011 and its accompanying secondary legislation, the Local Development Scheme has been revised, the updated version was brought into operation by resolution of the Council on 26th June 2013. The new LDS sets out the Council's planning policy programme through to March 2016.