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Local Development Scheme

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) sets out the planning policy that is to be prepared by Exeter City Council and the timetable for its preparation. It came into effect on 6 July 2023.

The principal document the Council is progressing is the Exeter Plan, the new Local Plan for the city. We are also preparing:

  • A review of the city’s Article 4 position which manages the change of use of regular residential properties to houses in multiple occupation.
  • A Supplementary Planning Document for the Water Lane area;
  • A review of the Householder’s Guide to Extension Design Supplementary Planning Document; and
  • A review of the Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule which sets out CIL rates in the city.


The new Local Plan: Exeter Plan

The Council is currently preparing a new Local Plan for the city. This will be known as the Exeter Plan. The Exeter Plan will replace the adopted Core Strategy and adopted Local Plan First Review.

The timetable for preparing the Exeter Plan is set out below:

  • Issues consultation. September 2021 Complete
  • Outline Draft Plan consultation. September 2022 Complete
  • Draft Plan consultation. October 2023
  • Publication. October 2024
  • Submission to Planning Inspectorate. March 2025


Indicative timetable (determined by Planning Inspectorate)

  • Examination including hearings. June 2025
  • Adoption December. December 2025



When this content has been updated

Last updated 7 July 2023