Local Plan Review

The current Local Plan covering the Isles of Scilly was adopted in 2005.  You can view this together with its accompanying Supplementary Planning Documents on our Planning Policy Pages. In June 2015 the Local Planning Authority started a review of the Isles of Scilly Local Plan.

You can find out about the planned progress of the Local Plan Review in the Key Stages Timetable link to the right of this page. This is also known as the Local Development Scheme. The latest revised timetable was adopted in March 2017, amended in May 2017 and again in August 2017 and will be updated as necessary to reflect any changes to this process.  If you would like to be kept informed about local plan and be consulted directly then you can be added to our Local Plan Consultation Database by completing the Registration Form (PDF or WORD) to the right of this page.

First Stage (Regulation 18 Consultation)

We wrote to all residents about the public consultation and published the ‘Local Plan Review: Scoping Report’ setting out our intention to progress a new local plan and public consultation. The consultation on this took place from the 8th June to the 24th July 2015. 

We had an excellent response to the consultation. Around 117 people turned out to speak to us at our drop-in sessions and we received 80 written responses.  A summary of the consultation and what you told us can be found in the link to the right Summary Of Responses this also includes the Officer responses to these comments.

We’d like to thank the community for excellent engagement in the review process so far and we look forward to talking to you again during the next stage of the process.

We will be carrying on with our a second stage of Consultation in June 2017, on the Draft Local Plan 2015-2030.

Second Stage of Consultation on the Draft Local Plan 2015 - 2030 (July 2017)

We will be updating this page very shortly with details of our second stage of public consultation.  It is anticipated that this will include the opportunity for the public to comment on a draft version the Local Plan 2015 - 2030.  This will give our community the chance to input on the details of the local plan process as it progresses.  We have been busy responding to your comments on the first stage of consultation as well as progressing our important evidence base.  

The Evidence Base

During the Winter/Spring of 2015/16 the Planning Department have been working hard to gather the necessary evidence base which has included the critically important Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) and Objectively Assessed Need.  As part of this process we appointed David Couttie Associates to undertake this work.  This included a very important Housing Survey and an assessment of National and Local demographic and migration statistics and trends.  The outcome of this work will be critical to inform the Housing Figure for the new local plan and identify home many homes we have to plan for over the period.You can find out more on why this is required on the National Planning Practice Guidance Website.  The final full SHMA 2016 report can now be downloaded.  The Key Findings of the SHMA 2016 can also be downloaded.

Concurrently Officers have been working on the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA).  This has required us to work closely with our partner organisations to identify potential suitable housing sites.  This work will be critical to demonstrate that any identified need for housing could be delivered over the next 5 years.  You can find out more on why this is necessary on the National Planning Practice Guidance Website.  The first 2016 SHLAA is published here.

Sustainability Appraisal and Habitat Regulations Assessment

Running in parallel to the local plan process is the required environmental impact assessment.  You can find out more on this process by following the links on the left of this page Sustainability Appraisal. The Local Planning Authority recently appointed Enfusion: Sustainability Environmental Planning Consultants to carry our the Sustainability Appraisal including the HRA of the Local Plan process. As each stage of the Local Plan progresses it will be subject to Sustainability Appraisal.

Want to be on our Consultation Database?

If you’d like to be included on the Local Planning Authority's consultation database, please complete and return the attached registration form on the left of this page. Once registered, you will be notified when a relevant document is open to public consultation and invited to engage in the process.

Registering an interest in Custom/Self Build

About Self Build

We are committed to supporting access to both affordable and market housing for local people. This includes supporting people wishing to build their own homes.

Self-build housing, also known as Custom Build, typically involves individuals commissioning the construction of a new house from a builder, contractor, package company or physically building a house for themselves.  We cannot register an interest to build a dwelling under self-build, if you would like to build a house and sell it on.  If you would like to register an interest please email us at planning@scilly.gov.uk and title your email REGISTERING AN INTEREST IN CUSTOM/SELF-BUILD and we will email you a form for completion.  Alternatively you can download the Registration Form on the right of this page.  You can complete this electronically and email it back to us at planning@scilly.gov.uk.  There is also a PDF version that you can print out for completion and post back to us.

What is the purpose of the register?

The Government wants to enable more people to build or commission their own home and have recently published national guidance which sets out how councils should manage the demand for self-build and custom house-building. A key element of the guidance is the requirement to keep a register of interested individuals and associations which will provide an indication of the demand for self/custom build locally in the Isles of Scilly. The information held by the register will allow the Council to develop their housing and planning policies to support the kinds of self and custom build projects that would be most appropriate.

How we will use information from the register

By signing up, you will help us find out more about the demand for custom build plots in the Isles of Scilly, for instance where people would like their plot to be and the type of house that they would like to build.

We shall use the information to explore ways in which it might be possible for people and plots to be brought together, for instance by including appropriate policies in Local Plans. Registration does not however guarantee that a suitable serviced plot will be identified, or become available.

We will not pass identifiable information from the Register onto anyone without the written consent of the person who registered their details.

Brownfield Land Register

Under the Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017 and The Town and Country Planning (Permission in Principle) Order 2017 which were laid before parliament on 23 March 2017, there is a statutory requirement for every local planning authority to prepare and maintain registers of previously developed land suitable for housing (brownfield land registers) and allow for the granting of permission in principle for sites allocated for housing-led development. 

Permission in principle is a new consent route for planning permission that will help to make the planning system more certain and efficient and we are keen to see it taken up positively by local planning authorities, neighbourhood groups and applicants/developers. We consider that it has the potential to increase the number of suitable sites that are developed for much needed housing.

Permission in principle will be granted for sites allocated for residential development in brownfield registers, and later by application to the local planning authority for minor housing-led developments, and through local plans. The choice about where to grant permission in principle through a locally prepared plan or register will be a local one, reached through the involvement of communities and statutory bodies. This means that permission in principle will be granted where development is considered to be locally acceptable, in line with local and national policy.

Brownfield land has an important role to play in meeting the country's need for new homes. Brownfield registers will provide up-to-date, publicly available information on brownfield land that is suitable for housing.  This will improve the quality and consistency of data which will provide certainty for developers and communities, encouraging investment in local areas. 

The Council of the Isles of Scilly will upload its register to this site shortly and once Statutory Guidance has been published.