Swindon Local Plan 2026

Local Plan review

The Council is currently undertaking a review of its Local Plan 2026 to provide an updated policy framework for the period to 2036.

Once adopted, the Swindon Local Plan 2036 will propose a number of updated strategies and policies, including site allocations, to provide sufficient housing, employment and town centre sites to meet the Borough’s future needs and guide decision on planning applications until 2036.

The review of the Swindon Local Plan has now gone through the following stages of the Local Plan making process:

  • Regulation 18 (part i) - Issues and Options

    • To help prepare for the Local Plan review, the Council sought comments on the issues that should be addressed in order to plan for the period to 2036. An ‘Issues and Options’ paper was produced and made available for public inspection from 7 November to 19 December 2017.
  • Regulation 18 (part ii) - Emerging Strategies

    • Following feedback to the ‘Issues and Options’ paper, the Council prepared a range of potential strategies for addressing the Borough’s development needs within its ‘Emerging Strategies’ document. This document was made available for public inspection from 29 July to 23 September 2019.
  • Regulation 19 (part i) - Swindon Local Plan 2036 (draft)

    • Following feedback to the ‘Emerging Strategies’ document, the Council published a draft Swindon Local Plan 2036.  This document set out the Council’s preferred spatial approach and development management policies. The draft Swindon Local Plan 2036 was presented for public inspection from 17 December 2019 to 31 January 2020.
  • Regulation 19 (part ii) - Swindon Local Plan 2036 (revised draft)

    • Following consultation feedback and legislative changes, the Council prepared a revised draft Swindon Local Plan 2036 and made this document available for public inspection from 29 July 2021 to 7 October 2021.

Documents from each stage of the Local Plan review process remain available to view on the consultation portal.

What happens next?

The Swindon Local Plan 2036 (revised draft) was made available for public inspection between 29 July and 7 October 2021 and received a large number of representations from residents, groups and businesses. 

On the 20 January 2022, Councillors decided to remove the proposed Highworth Golf Course allocation from the revised draft plan. This allocation was for approximately 350 houses and its removal constituted a ‘major’ change with impacts to both strategy and soundness. There is therefore, a need to undertake a further Regulation 19 consultation prior to submitting the Plan to the Secretary of State for Examination. 

An updated Local Development Scheme was approved by Cabinet on 16 March 2022. This document sets out an updated timetable for future stages of the plan-making process.

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