Planning policy

Local Plan

Current local plan policies

The development plan

Planning applications are decided in line with the development plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Watford’s development plan is:

Emerging local plan policies

On 17 October 2017 Council resolved not to progress the Local Plan Part 2 to submission

We are now working on a new Local Plan for the period to 2036.

Supplementary Planning Documents and other guidance

Supplementary planning documents (SPD) give more detail, expanding on policies in the plan. See all supplementary planning guidance.  

Draft Supplementary Planning (not yet adopted):

Development briefs and other guidance documents

Conservation Area Character Appraisals

Other draft guidance (not adopted):

Government Policy and Planning Guidance

We must also take account of government policy when preparing plans and considering planning applications. Download a copy of the National planning policy and guidance.


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