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When we determine planning applications for minerals or waste developments and the county council's own developments we refer to the relevant planning policies in our Minerals Local Plan, Waste Local Plan or in the Local Plan adopted by the Staffordshire borough/district council known collectively as 'the development plan':

The development plan documents we have adopted are:

The development plan documents adopted by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and the Staffordshire district or borough councils are available on their websites:

Statement of Community Involvement

Our Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) explains how we consult with people and organisations when we are preparing planning policies or processing planning applications. Our current SCI was adopted by Cabinet on 21 August 2019.

Annual monitoring reports

We produce Annual Monitoring Reports (AMRs) to check that our minerals and waste local plans are working, to track progress towards the plan objectives, and to assess whether a plan review is required.

Minerals and Waste Development Scheme

The Minerals and Waste Development Scheme (MWDS), sometimes referred to as the Local Development Scheme (LDS), sets out the timetable for the preparation or revision of new minerals and waste local plans.

The Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Joint Waste Local Plan covers the period up to 2026, whereas the Minerals Local Plan for Staffordshire runs up to 2030.

In line with Regulation 10A of The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended), we published a 5 year review of our Waste Local Plan in 2019, and our AMRs check to see if a review is required. So far, the AMRs have concluded that our plans are working well, and that there is no immediate need for either plan to be revised. As a result, we have not yet prepared a programme for our plans to be revised.

We will prepare and publish a new MWDS when we get closer to the end date for our plans, if an AMR concludes that a revision is required, or if a change in Government legislation requires us to do so.

Related information

National Planning Policy Framework (Section 3 Plan-making) (external link)

Planning Practice Guidance (Plan-making) (external link)

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