Local Plan (2015 - 2030)

The Local Plan is the statutory development plan for the Isles of Scilly and forms the basis for decisions on land use planning. You can read the Local Plan and the associated policy maps at the following links:

*The Flood Map for Planning on the Isles of Scilly includes several layers of information. Critically it is a conservative estimate of flood risks based on ‘no flood defences’, on the basis that the defence may not be effective because of damage or repair works. This dataset covers Flood Zone 3. It is the local planning authority’s best estimate of the areas of land at risk of flooding, when the presence of flood defences are ignored and covers land with a 1 in 200 (0.5%) or greater chance of flooding each year from the Sea. The Local Authority will use this information to determine whether a site is likely to be susceptible to flooding and will dictate whether you will need to support your application with a Flood Risk Assessment. For checking National Flood Mapping and to see if a site falls within Floods Zones 1, 2 or 3 please visit: Flood map for planning - GOV.UK (flood-map-for-planning.service.gov.uk) 

The Local Plan is also available to download in smaller sections (PDF) as follows:

  1. Cover, Foreword and Introduction
  2. Section 1: Spatial Portrait 
  3. Key Issues and Challenges
  4. Spatial Vision and Strategy
  5. Section 2: Promoting a Sustainable Scilly - Policies SS1 - SS10
  6. Section 3: Our Outstanding Environment - Policies OE1 - OE7
  7. Section 4: Building a Strong Living Community - Policies LC1 - LC9
  8. Section 5: Building a Strong Working Community - Policies WC1 - WC5
  9. Section 6: Policies Map Isles of Scilly
  10. Policies Map St Mary's
  11. Policies Map - St Martins
  12. Policies Map - St Agnes
  13. Policies Map - Bryher and Tresco
  14. Policies Map - All Islands


Plan Preparation

The Authority received the Inspector's Report on 23rd February 2021. The report concluded that the Local Plan was 'sound' subject to a number of Main Modifications. It also set out the Inspector's findings on matters which were discussed during the examination hearing sessions held in January 2020.

Inspector's Report (including the schedule of main modifications which are incorporated into the above adopted Local Plan).

Following receipt of the Inspector's Report the Authority formally adopted the Local Plan on 25th March 2021.

Further details relating to the examination process are available on the Local Plan Examination page and the Local Plan Examination Library page

How Can I Get Involved? Statement of Community Involvement

All future consultation on the Local Plan will follow the Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) which was adopted by the Council in September 2015 (and updated in February 2018) following a round of public consultation.  The SCI can be viewed in the link on the right. This statement sets out the methods by which we engage with the community and our statutory consultees.  

When Can I Get Involved? Local Plan Timetable (Local Development Scheme)

You can find out about the planned progress of the Local Plan Review in the Key Stages Timetable (post local plan adoption the LDS is published in the 2021/22 AMR). This is also known as the Local Development Scheme (LDS). Whilst the Council produced a number of previous LDS documents in preparation of the the now adopted Local Plan, which remain available to view here.  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 to the right of this page.