Supplementary Planning Documents

Supplementary Planning Documents

The Planning System

The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 introduced major
reforms to the planning system that were aimed at making the system
speedier, more responsive to local community needs and more flexible in
its operation. The changes included simplifying the local and regional plan
led system into two tiers.

At regional level, the Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) forms the regional
statutory framework for the West Midlands. At local level, unitary plans
have been replaced by a folder of Local Development Documents (LDDs),
which form the Local Development Framework (LDF) for Birmingham. The
Local Development Framework will in time replace the existing Birmingham
Unitary Development Plan (UDP), as key documents are adopted.

Local Development Documents (LDDs) consist of two types – Development
Plan Documents (DPDs) and Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs),
which are explained below.

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) was adopted in April 2008
and is a separate document that details how the Council will encourage
local communities to participate in the planning system.

Supplementary Planning Documents form part of the Local Development Framework and provide detail to policies and proposals contained within Development Plan Documents. SPDs are published in draft form and made available for public consultation. They may take the form of development briefs and design guides and must conform to policies in the development plan. However SPDs are not subject to a public examination and they do not have development plan status.

Once adopted the Moseley SPD will replace the existing Moseley Local Action Plan, which was adopted in 1992 and complement the recently adopted Kings Heath Local Action Plan.

The SPD will be prepared in several stages

Stage 1- Evidence gathering and consultation- this involves
a) public consultation on issues to be addressed and
b) evidence gathering

Stage 2- Production- this involves
a) assessing the evidence gathered
b) preparing a draft SPD taking into account this evidence and
c) publishing the draft SPD for a statutory 4-6 week consultation period during which supporting or objecting comments can be made.

Stage 3- Adoption – At this stage the representations received during the consultation period will be carefully considered and a statement setting out the main issues will be prepared. The SPD will be amended and adopted.

useful links

Planning policies for Birmingham, more can be found at:

Statement of community involvement, more can be found at: