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National and Regional Background Evidence

There are a range of other national and regional policy and guidance documents which affect Southampton and influence the Local Development Framework, including the Core Strategy.

The documentation is of a technical nature and may be difficult to understand. If you would like further help or an explanation of these documents and processes please contact us on the contact details below.

Contact Details:
Address: Planning Policy Team, Southampton City Council, Civic Centre, Southampton
Postcode: SO14 7LS
Telephone: 023 8083 3919

National Policy
The new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published and came into effect on 27 March 2012.

The NPPF replaces previous National Planning Policy Statements / Guidance and Circulars (below) although the council's adopted Development Plan was based on those policies and they can still be found on the National Archives website (click on the links below and wait to be re-directed by the DCLG website).

Planning Policy Statement 1: Delivering Sustainable Development (January 2005)
• Planning and Climate Change – Supplement to PPS1 (December 2007)
Planning Policy Guidance 3: Housing (November 2006)
Planning Policy Statement 4: Planning for Sustainable Economic Development draft (December 2009) - replaces PPG4 and PPS6.
Planning Policy Statement 5: Planning for the Historic Environment (December 2009)
Planning Policy Statement 7: Sustainable Development in Rural Areas (August 2004)
Planning Policy Guidance 8: Telecommunications (August 2001)
Planning Policy Statement 9: Biodiversity and Geological Conservation (August 2005)
Planning Policy Statement 10: Planning for Sustainable Waste Management (July 2005)
Planning Policy Statement 12: Local Spatial Planning (June 2008)
Planning Policy Guidance 13: Transport (April 2001)
Planning Policy Guidance 14: Development on Unstable Land (April 1990)
Planning Policy Guidance 17: Planning for Open Space, Sport and Recreation (July 2002)
Planning Policy Guidance 19: Outdoor Advertising Control (March 1992)
Planning Policy Statement 22: Renewable Energy (August 2004)
Planning Policy Statement 23: Planning and Pollution Control (November 2004)
Planning Policy Guidance 24: Planning and Noise (October 1994)
Planning Policy Statement 25: Development and Flood Risk (December 2006)
• Planning Policy Statement 25: Development and Flood Risk - Practice Guide (December 2009)

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• The Town and Country Planning (Local Development) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 (June 2008)
• The Town and Country Planning (Local Development) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2009 (April 2009)
Circular 1/2006 Gypsies and Travellers (February 2006)
Circular 04/07 Planning for Travelling Showpeople (August 2007)
Circular 5/05 Planning Obligations (July 2005)
Circular 1/03 Safeguarding Aerodromes, Technical Sites and Military Explosives Storage Areas;
Circular 06/05 Biodiversity and Geological Conservation - Statutory Obligations and Their Impact within the Planning System (August 2005)

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National Guidance
• Local Development Frameworks: Examining Development Plan Documents: Procedure Guidance (August 2009)
• Local Development Frameworks: Lessons Learnt Examining Development Plan Documents (The Planning Inspectorate June 2007) both are available from The Planning Inspectorate
Policies for Spatial Plans: A Guide to Writing the Policy Content of Local Development Documents (Planning Officers Society July 2005)
Planning for a Sustainable Future: White Paper (May 2007)
Sustainability Appraisal of Regional Spatial Strategies and Local Development Documents (November 2005)
Local Development Framework Monitoring: A Good Practice Guide (ODPM March 2005)
Homes for the Future: More Affordable, More Sustainable – Housing Green Paper (July 2007)
Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessments Practice Guidance (DCLG July 2007)
Strategic Housing Market Assessments: Practice Guide (DCLG March 2007)
Delivering Affordable Housing (DCLG November 2006)
Employment Land Reviews: Guidance Note (DCLG Dec 2004)
Delivering Lifetime Homes, Lifetime Neighbourhoods (DCLG December 2008)
Lifetime Homes, Lifetime Neighbourhoods (DCLG February 2008)
The Code for Sustainable Homes, Technical Guide (DCLG) (May 2009)

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Regional Guidance
South East Plan (Adopted) (CLG May 2009)
Panel Report on the Draft South East Plan and Appendices (August 2007)
Regional Planning Guidance for the South East (March 2001)
Regional Transport Strategy (Chapter 9 of the Regional Planning Guidance for the South East RPG9) (July 2004)
Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople Review: Preferred Option (SEERA March 2009)
Regional Transport Strategy (GOSE 2004)

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Sub Regional Guidance
• PUSH Policy Framework for Gaps (December 2008)
• PUSH Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (December 07) Atkins
• PUSH Integrated Water Management Strategy 2008
• South Hampshire Sub – Regional Strategy Background Document – Critical other Infrastructure 2006, updated 2008, PUSH
• PUSH Sustainable Development Policy 2009- no electronic copy to view
• PUSH Sustainability Policy Framework 2008
• PUSH South Hampshire Economic Drivers and Growth: Combined Report and appendices (January 2007)
• Report to the PUSH Joint Committee A Common Approach to Affordable Housing (January 2009)
• PUSH Homes for Growth: Sub Regional Housing Strategy 2007-2011
• PUSH Annual Market Monitoring Report 2008 (DTZ December 2008)
• PUSH Policy Framework for Employment Floorspace and report (December 2008)
• South Hampshire Town Centres Sub-Regional Study (conducted by DTZ, March 2006) and update of retail needs by DTZ (2009)
• Partnership for Urban South Hampshire Employment Floorspace Policy Framework 2008
• South East Sub-Regional Housing Market Study (DTZ, 2004)
• PUSH Green Infrastructure Strategy (TEP, 2010)
• Hampshire and Isle of Wight Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (2006)
Travelling Showpeople Accommodation Assessment (2008)

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