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Planning policy

Whilst the function of Planning and Building Control was formally transferred to the Department of Environment Food and Agriculture in June 2015, the role of Planning Policy was retained by the Department of Infrastructure, Strategy, Policy and Performance Division but later transferred to the Cabinet Office in January 2016. The Policy Team are currently based in the Sea Terminal buildings. They are responsible for developing and reviewing the Government's planning policy documents.

The Planning Policy documents which are in-force can be accessed via the following webpage:

More information on the existing Development Plan is available at

The Planning Policy Team are currently working on an Area Plan for the East - see

In addition, from time-to-time Evidence Base is published - see


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