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What is the East Riding Local Plan?

Information about the East Riding Local Plan; a suite of planning documents that together will provide the framework for managing development and addressing key planning issues in the East Riding.

What is the East Riding Local Plan?

The East Riding Local Plan is the name for the suite of planning documents that together provide the long term development plan for the East Riding. This means that they are the starting point for determining planning applications and guiding investment decisions.

A number of documents make up the Local Plan, including: 

  • the Strategy Document
  • the Allocations Document
  • Bridlington Town Centre Area Action Plan (AAP).

The East Riding Local Plan has now been adopted. This represents a significant milestone and means the council is among a small number of local authorities with an up-to-date and adopted local plan.

The plan sets out a long term strategy that will help to guide new development across the East Riding over the period to 2029. This includes the allocation of sites that will provide new housing and employment opportunities, alongside the delivery of supporting infrastructure. It will also be used to make decisions on planning applications.  

The local plan may be supplemented in future by neighbourhood plans, which are produced by town and parish councils.

Policies in the local plan will be monitored to ensure the right type of development is being delivered. It is also necessary to maintain up-to-date evidence and respond to changes in national planning policy. These may indicate parts of the plan that need to be reviewed and updated. 

A large number of local residents and groups submitted comments on the local plan, which were considered through its preparation. Throughout this process the council ensured that everyone expressing an interest in the plan had the opportunity to comment on each stage of plan making.   

As the plan has now been adopted, the council will not retain the contact details for individual respondents. However, if anyone still wishes to be consulted on future iterations of the local plan they should contact the council's forward planning team at forward.planning@eastriding.gov.uk  or by calling (01482) 391 729. 

Strategy Document

The Strategy Document sets the overall strategic direction for the Local Plan, providing strategic policies to guide decisions on planning applications. It was adopted by the council at its meeting on 6 April 2016:


Strategy Document - Adopted April 2016 (pdf 7.9mb opens in new window)

More details are provided on the Strategy Document page.

Allocations Document

The Allocations Document allocates sites for development (such as housing, retail,  industry or land for transport schemes). It was adopted by the Council at its meeting on 27 July 2016: 

Allocations Document - Adopted July 2016 (pdf 4.4mb opens in new document)

The sites allocated for development are shown on the Policies Map.

More details are provided on the Allocations Document page .

Bridlington Town Centre Area Action Plan (AAP)

The Bridlington Town Centre AAP provides specific policies to guide development and contribute to the urban renaissance of Bridlington Town Centre. The AAP was adopted in January 2013:

Bridlington Town Centre AAP - Adopted Jan 2013 (pdf 5.0mb opens in new window) 

More details are provided on the Bridlington Town Centre AAP page.

Policies Map

The Local Plan documents are complemented by a Policies Map. It shows designations, such as areas of open space or biodiversity assets, and allocations for particular land uses such as housing, which relate to specific policies in the above Local Plan documents.

Other documents

In addition, a Joint Waste Plan  and Joint Minerals Plan  are being prepared with Hull City Council. These will set out the policies used to provide for future waste management needs and mineral extraction, and will be used to make decisions on new waste and minerals development in the East Riding.