Local development framework

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The Local Development Framework (LDF) is the term used to describe the set of documents that will include all planning policies for Derby City. It was introduced by the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and will gradually replace our 'City of Derby Local Plan Review 2006'.

Here you will find a list of all the documents we are required to produce. You can view them here and you can also let us know what you think of them. There are many opportunities for you to get involved in shaping our planning policies so that the city reflects as much as possible how you want it to be in the future.

What is the Core Strategy?

The Core Strategy is part of the LDF and will provide a strategy for the future development of Derby up to 2028.

Policies within the Core Strategy must be based on a robust evidence base and be in accordance with Government guidance. Links to current Evidence Base Documents are listed below.

Derby City Local Plan - Part 1: Draft Core Strategy

We asked for your comments on the Derby City Local Plan - Part 1 draft Core Strategy. The consultation is now closed, we are collating the responses and will report the findings in due course. 

Preferred Growth Strategy Consultation 

We asked for your views on our 'Preferred Growth Strategy' last year. This is an important consultation document that sets out our proposals for how we intend to meet housing needs generated by Derby's growing population.

It set out how many homes we think should be provided and the sites that will deliver them between 2008 and 2028. This was the latest stage in the preparation of the 'Core Strategy', which will set out the overall planning framework for the city...

What consultations have already been done?

Since 2009, we have carried out five consultations which has helped us in the development of the Core Strategy. Please download them for more information...

Core Strategy Sustainability Appraisal

In order to comply with the requirements of the European Union Directive and to ensure that all plans and policies are prepared in line with the principles of sustainable development, the Core Strategy must be subject to a Sustainability Appraisal (SA).

The objective of the SA is to assess the potential effects of the plans policies on the environmental, social and economic character of the area which the plan influences.

The Scoping Report is the first stage of the SA process. It was published for consultation in July 2008. Download the Scoping Report...

Options for Housing Growth Community Engagement Report

Following on from last year's consultation, the Options for Housing Growth Community Engagement Report sets out what we did and summarises the responses we received.

Let us know what you think of the Core Strategy

Over the next year we will be running a number of consultations where you can let us know what you think of the Core Strategy. If you would like to be kept informed, send us your contact details and we will get in touch.

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)

This sets out how you can get involved in the production of our Core Strategy and the determination of planning applications. In light of significant changes to the planning system we will be using certain aspects of the SCI to include the Government's 'Localism Agenda'.

  • Download the Statement of community involvement adopted
    Note: The SCI was adopted prior to the revision to the planning regulations in 2008 and 2009. To ensure that the revised regulations are taken into account in all our LDF documents a consultation plan for each Developmental Plan Document (DPD) will be developed.

It has also come to light that some of information in the Statement of community involvement adopted in paragraph 6.4 (page 25) and Appendix 2 - Neighbour Notification Policy are incorrect, in terms of details relating to the advertising of and consultation on major applications (applications proposing 10 or more dwellings, 1000 square metres or more of floorspace or on a site of 0.5 hectares or more). The matter was considered by Planning Control Committee and a review of procedures was carried out.

Does this affect my neighbourhood?

The Government is proposing that local communities have a greater say in the future of their area. We will be working with our Neighbourhood Forums to plan for future.

What is the City Centre Eastern Fringes Area Action Plan?

This contains information about a plan that was prepared for the land between the railway station and the inner ring road, including Castleward and the former Derbyshire Royal Infirmary site. We haven't officially adopted this plan but it provides a guide as to how the area should be redeveloped in the future...

What is the Local Development Scheme (LDS)?

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) is a three-year project plan for preparing new planning policy documents, it will be reviewed in due course. 

What is the Annual Monitoring Report?

The annual monitoring report (AMR) contains information on how we are performing in terms of document production, implementing policies and how well our planning policies are being achieved.

What is the LDF Evidence Base?

The following documents form the evidence base for the Local Development Framework (LDF). We use these documents as evidence to back up our policies in the LDF and help us understand the issues in the city.


Derby 2012 Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) 

The SHLAA is an assessment of land and sites which might be able to provide new housing. It is a technical assessment which must be carried out in line with government guidance and should identify how many houses a site could provide and when they will be built. The SHLAA identifies the sites which will deliver the new housing we need over both the short and long term.

The assessment includes sites which:

  • already have planning permission for housing
  • have been promoted to us for housing by land owners, agents and developers
  • we have identified as having potential to deliver new homes.

More information about Derby's SHLAA is available in these documents...

Derby HMA Strategic Viability Assessment (SVA) Study - New

Peter Brett Associates (PBA) were commissioned by the Derby Housing Market Area authorities to produce an initial Strategic  Viability Assessment (SVA) Study to assist the Councils in preparing their Core Strategies. It is not intended to be a detailed site-by-site analysis, but rather a high level assessment that can help to inform policy choices. This has been based on a limited number of scenarios, which provide a starting point for further debate. 

PBA have also provided a viability model that we can use to consider different assumptions about costs and values as additional information is submitted and further discussions about sites takes place. 

Note this model and assumptions are not intended to be used, nor will be accepted, for site specific viability appraisals.  It is to be used by the HMA Authorities to assist in the production of their Core Strategies only. 

Retail and Leisure Strategy

Retail Circuit Strategy 2008-2012

Green Belt/Green Wedge - new

Water and Flooding


Open Space, Sport and Recreation

Green Energy Study



We have been working with our HMA partners and city and county education officers to ensure that the implications of new housing growth on school places are understood and sufficient school places can be provided to serve existing and new communities around the HMA. An Education Position Statement has been prepared for the HMA to draw together the school place planning evidence that has been used to inform the Preferred Growth Strategies.

Minerals and Waste development Plan Documents

We are working in conjunction with Derbyshire County Council to produce a Minerals Development Plan Document and a Waste Development Plan Document. We will put more details here when they become available.

Useful forms


Contact details

Post address: Derby City Council
Spatial and Transport Planning
The Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 01332 640807
Minicom: 01332 640666

Derby City Council
Spatial Planning
The Council House
Corporation Street