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Emerging Local Plan

The council approved the Local Plan Scoping Report on 30 November 2022. The report is the first stage in preparing the new Local Plan.

The Local Plan sets out a vision for the future development of Middlesbrough. Once the Local Plan comes into force (is 'adopted'), it will replace the town's existing planning policies, and will be used to help decide planning applications.

The scoping report sets out:

  • the area the Local Plan will cover
  • the amount of time it will cover
  • the broad topics and objectives it will include
  • the proposed layout of the new Local Plan

We also have to look at sustainability as part of the Local Plan. This involves carrying out a sustainability appraisal of the Local Plan to make sure we consider the potential environmental, social, and economic effects of the Local Plan. The Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report is the first stage of this. It includes baseline information, identifies sustainability issues, and sets out an appraisal framework.


Unfortunately, these documents are not fully accessible. You can view paper copies of the reports at Middlesbrough House, and in council libraries and Community Hubs.

Have your say

In line with the regulations, we are now running a consultation to find out what residents think the new Local Plan should contain.

The easiest way to take part is to complete the online response form. There are two forms, one about the scoping report and one about the sustainability appraisal:

If you're struggling to use the online form, you can also take part by sending your comments:

The consultation closes on 31 January 2023.

Call for sites

We're also running a 'call for sites'. During this time, sites which might be suitable for future development can be submitted to the council. Find out more and take part in the call for sites.


For more information, contact the Planning Policy team by calling 01642 729065 or 01642 729487, or emailing