Current Local Plan

The adopted Local Plan

The present Local Plan was adopted on 3rd July 2017 and guides the future development of the borough in the period up to 2032.

The Local Plan sets out the vision and objectives for the borough, allocates sites for housing and other forms of development and sets out development management policies for the Scarborough Borough planning area. It sets the criteria for the determination of planning applications and sets out how other plans and strategies will be implemented.

The Local Plan, along with any neighbourhood plans, forms the development plan for the local area. It covers the area of the borough outside of the North York Moors National Park. The Local Plan and associated documents can be viewed at the bottom of this page or on the consultation portal.

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The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) states that every local planning authority in England should have a clear, up to date Local Plan, which conforms to the framework, meets local development needs, and reflects local people’s views of how they wish their community to develop. The NPPF provides a framework in which local people and their local councils can produce their own distinctive plans, reflecting their own priorities.

The Scarborough Borough Local Plan has been produced in accordance with the NPPF and other relevant Government legislation. The policy and allocations contained within the Plan will be used to guide development proposals and planning applications. The Local Plan will be the main delivery mechanism for the borough’s aspirations. It will be the main steer in how the council and the borough will develop up to 2032.

The Local Plan was subject to a process of continuous community involvement while it was prepared.

View the Scarborough Borough Local Plan Policies Map

Find out more

  • You can view planning documents on our consultation website
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  • Paper copies are available to view at Scarborough Borough Council offices (not currently available due to Covid-19 restrictions)
  • Relevant material is also accessible online at the Self Service Points at the Customer First Centre, Town Hall, Scarborough (please contact us to make an appointment) and at local libraries (please check with your local library as self service points may not be available due to Covid-19 restrictions).

Paper copies are available on request (please note there is a charge for paper copies).