County Planning

Local Plans

A Local Plan outlines how development and change will be managed in your area.

Local planning authorities must prepare a Local Plan which sets planning policies in a local authority area. These are very important when deciding planning applications. Independent planning inspectors must look at all Local Plan documents that local authorities in England prepare for an examination. The examination is the last stage of the process for producing a Local Plan.

The process should have fully involved everyone who has an interest in the document and they should have had the chance to comment. Local Plans must be positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy in accordance with section 20 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended) and the National Planning Policy Framework.

The Planning Portal website provides a guide to local planning which explains the importance and role of each development document:

Local Plans for Hampshire authorities can be viewed by selecting the relevant area on the map below. There are seperate Local Plans for the New Forest National Park and South Downs National Parks.