Frequently asked questions


What is a Local Plan?

Every Planning Authority must have a Local Plan that sets out what can be built and where building
should take place over a period of at least 15 years. 

Local Plans include important policies to support environmental protection, jobs and the economy. They also help to decide where investment is needed for infrastructure like roads, schools and health services. The Local Plan should:

  • Include land for housing and employment development
  • Ensure an appropriate range of house types 
  • Support the economy and create employment opportunities
  • Identify necessary infrastructure improvements to support the development proposed
  • Safeguard heritage, culture, recreation and environmental assets
  • Help to make Rutland a more environmentally sustainable place and net-zero carbon by 2050

Why do we need a Local Plan?

It's a legal requirement for councils to have an up-to-date Local Plan for their area. The local plan should cover at least 15 years and be developed in line with national planning policy. The Plan should set out what we want our local area to look like at the end of this period. That might include things like: 

  • Encouraging economic growth by identifying enough land for new businesses
  • Improving the quality and quantity of parks and play space
  • Delivering new roads

A key part of the Local Plan is setting out how many new homes are needed and exactly where they should be built. 


How will the Local Plan affect me?

If you live or work in or around Rutland, the Local Plan is relevant to you.

The Plan guides where and how changes to our towns, villages and countryside may happen over the next 15-20 years. This means that the Local Plan is likely to impact you at some point in the future. For example, you or a family member may need to buy or rent a house in Rutland during the period covered by this Plan. You may work locally or want to set up a business here. You may simply want to be able to shop locally or make sure that our landscape, wildlife and cultural heritage is protected.

Changes which might affect you now or in the future include:

  • The building of new homes, offices, industrial units and shops
  • The creation of new jobs
  • The building of community facilities
  • The location of our parks and play spaces
  • Routes for walking and cycling


What is the Regulation 18 consultation stage of the Local Plan?

At this stage of the Local Plan process, we are inviting residents and businesses to have their say on a draft version of the new Local Plan, which indicates the preferred options for growth, supported by evidence. The consultation runs from Monday 13 November 2023 until Monday 8 January 2024. This is an important stage of the plan-making process and the best opportunity to help shape the future of Rutland’s towns and villages.

How can I take part in this consultation?

You can find all the information you need about the Draft Local Plan and give take part in this consultation by visiting our website: You can also contact us with questions by emailing:

If you don’t have access to the internet, you can take part in the Local Plan consultation by phoning: 01572 722 577.

What happens after this consultation?

Once the consultation period ends on Monday 8 January 2024, Rutland County Council will carefully consider the feedback it has received and make changes to the draft, where appropriate. The Plan will then move on to the next stage, Regulation 19 consultation, at which point the Council will ask for comments on the Plan’s legal soundness. The Local Plan will then be submitted to the Government for an independent examination before the final version is published and adopted.

What happens if I miss the opportunity to participate in Regulation 18 consultation period?

If you miss the Regulation 18 consultation period, you will still have a chance to comment on the Local Plan during the Regulation 19 consultation. However, at this later stage in the process, the Council will only be asking for comments on the legal soundness of the Plan. This is why it’s very important to give your feedback on the Draft Plan now, to make sure your voice is heard.

What are the stages of developing a Local Plan?

Before being adopted, a Local Plan must go through several stages:

Call for sites – Landowners, developers and interested parties suggest sites so the Council can consider which ones may be suitable and available for future development, to help meet local needs.

Issues and Options – The Council gathers a wealth of detailed evidence on the needs of the local area and identifies the different ways that planning policies and future developments could help to meet these needs.

Regulation 18 Consultation – A Draft Local Plan is published so residents, businesses and interest groups can give feedback and comments on the overall strategy, possible sites and policies. This is the current stage in Rutland’s Local Plan process.

Regulation 19 Consultation – The next version of the Local Plan is published and consulted on for ‘soundness’ – whether it is legally compliant and aligns with national policy. 

Examination – The Council submits the Local Plan to Government for independent examination.

Adoption – The Local Plan becomes policy and will be used as the basis to make decisions on all planning applications.

All these various stages in the plan-making process are detailed on the Council’s website: