Leicester Local Plan 2020-2036 reference documents

Closes 7 Jun 2020

Opened 11 Feb 2020


The urban area of Leicester is one of the fastest growing areas in the country, with a uniquely diverse population of about 650,000. Planning for the future involves anticipating future growth and making decisions about where we allow more development for homes and jobs, as well as identifying the built and natural heritage that we need to protect.

In 2019 the government published the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The NPPF requires local planning authorities like Leicester City Council to support sustainable development and to plan positively for it by preparing new Local Plans.

Since 2014, the council has undertaken a range of consultation exercises on various stages of developing its local plan. These consultations have considered all aspects of planning policy, although the fundamental focus has always been around the level of growth and how growth is delivered.

Leicester City Council has now produced a draft local plan which sets out the vision and objectives for growth of the city over the next 15 years.

The plan will:

  • Identify broad locations for development
  • Allocate strategic development sites
  • Set clear policies that guide decisions on planning applications
  • Indicate how the plan will be delivered.

Whether your interests lie in local neighbourhoods, the city centre, transport, housing, employment, shopping or the environment, please share your views and help to shape the future of Leicester.


The draft Local Plan, supporting documents and interactive maps contained on this site are for reference only at this stage.

The consultation will open mid-March (date tbc), when you will be able to submit comments and responses to the draft Local Plan.


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