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Net Zero Carbon DPD Support for Applicants and Developers

We are running a session on 10 June 2024 between 12pm and 2pm via Microsoft Teams, which is designed to support Applicants and Developers in understanding the requirements of the new DPD and how that will affect the documents and information required as part of planning application submissions.

The session is open to anyone who submits planning applications to the Council, and you are encouraged to attend if you can.

To book a slot, please email the Council's Development Manager, Gary Fisher, at .

University of Warwick SPD - Consultation

Warwick District Council, in partnership with Coventry City Council, has prepared a draft University of Warwick Campus Framework Masterplan SPD. The SPD is subject to a six-week statutory consultation, starting on Friday 24 May 2024 and ending on Friday 5 July 2024.

Further details of the consultation can be found on the University of Warwick SPD webpage.

Adoption of Net Zero Carbon DPD

The Council unanimously adopted the Net Zero Carbon DPD and the SPD following the meeting on 15th May 2024. The DPD will form part of the Development Plan for the District and decisions will need to be made in accordance with it. The adopted DPD along with the The Inspector's Report, Appendix of Main Modifications, Appendix of Additional Modifications, Sustainability Appraisal Adoption Statement and  Adoption Statement can be downloaded below:

Adoption of Net Zero Carbon SPD

The Net Zero Carbon SPD will assist applicants with the implementation of the policies included in the NZC-DPD by providing detailed technical guidance to inform the development design and measures to be considered in preparing an Energy Statement. The Adopted Net Zero Carbon-SPD along with the consultation statement can be downloaded below.

Net Zero Carbon- Development Plan Document

The Council has received the Inspector’s Report along with the Appendix of Main Modifications.

The Inspector has confirmed that the Plan has been prepared in accordance with all relevant legal and procedural requirements and that, subject to Main Modifications, it meets the tests of soundness as set out in the NPPF.

The Inspector has concluded that:  “subject to the main modifications, the DPD provides an appropriate overarching strategy in response to Warwick’s declared climate emergency that is positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy”, and that it  “provides an appropriate basis for the planning of the district with regard to attaining net zero carbon development and minimising carbon emissions in new and existing development”.

The Council will now arrange for a report to be taken to its Cabinet and Council relating to the adoption of the Development Plan Document and associated Supplementary Planning Document.

The Inspector's Report, Appendix of Main Modifications and the Appendix of Additional Modifications, and the NZC-DPD can be found here:

First Homes – Interim Policy Guidance Note 

First Homes are a government scheme for affordable home ownership designed to help first time buyers onto the property market by offering homes at a discount compared to the market price. This note sets out the Council’s requirements for First Homes, which should be included on sites that  provide affordable housing.

Developers are encouraged to engage with the Council’s Housing Strategy team at the earliest possible opportunity when formulating residential development proposals.

The document can be found here.

Biodiversity Net Gain

This is a requirement from 12th February 2024.  Further information can be found on the Biodiversity Net Gain document.

Planning fee increase effective from 6 December 2023

Legislative amendments to increase planning application fees have now been formally “made” and took effect on 6 December 2023. Amongst these changes are:

  • An increase in planning application fees by 25% across the board, rising to 35% for major schemes based on the legislative interpretation of ‘major development’.
  • The provision for a ‘free go’ on application resubmissions removed, but individual applications that were already eligible for a free resubmission prior to the change (i.e. before 6 December 2023) will remain so.
  • An annual rise in application fees linked to inflation (capped at 10% every April from 2025 onwards).

What are the new fees?

The Planning Portal has created A Guide to the Fees for Planning Applications in England (

The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2023.

These Regulations amend the Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) Regulations 2012 (S.I. 2012/2920) (“the 2012 Fees Regulations”).

Statement of Community Involvement - Updated

Following public consultation that ran from 17 July to 29 August 2023, the Council has updated its Statement of Community Involvement. Further details can be found on the Statement of Community Involvement webpage.

Net Zero Carbon SPD - Consultation

The Council carried out a public consultation on the draft Net Zero Carbon Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). This consultation ran for a period of six weeks from Wednesday 18 October - Wednesday 29 November 2023. Further details of the consultation and how to comment can be found on the Net Zero Carbon SPD webpage. 

Updated Statement of Community Involvement 2023 - Consultation

The Council carried out a public consultation on the updated Statement of Community Involvement seeking people's comments. This consultation ran for a period of six weeks from Monday 17 July - Tuesday 29 August 2023. Further details of the consultation can be found on the Statement of Community Involvement webpage.

Energy Efficiency for Historic Buildings

Warwick District Council declared a Climate Emergency in June 2019 and aims to become a carbon-neutral organisation by 2025. Nationally, about 20% of all homes were built before 1919, using traditional methods and materials. Maintaining these buildings is a powerful climate action, as it ‘locks in’ the carbon used to build these in the first place. 

See our energy efficiency for historic buildings page for further guidance. 

South Warwickshire Local Plan Issues & Options - Consultation

Warwick and Stratford-on-Avon District Councils had undertaken an Issues & Options Consultation and 2nd Call for Sites for the South Warwickshire Local Plan. This ran for a period of 8 weeks between Monday 9 January and Monday 6 March 2023. Consultation responses and sites submitted during the 2nd Call for Sites have now been published. More information can be found on the South Warwickshire Local Plan website.

Net Zero Carbon DPD Submitted for Examination

The Net Zero Carbon DPD was submitted to the Secretary of State, through the Planning Inspectorate, on 17th October 2022. An independent examination will be undertaken into the soundness and legal compliance of the Plan.

Further details of the examination process, and the documents submitted, can be seen at - Net Zero Carbon DPD submitted for examination.

Cubbington Public Path Diversion Order

Warwick District Local Plan – Notice of Amendment Regarding Policy Map No. 19. –  Sherbourne

Please be advised that this website was amended on 22nd December 2020 to display the definitive and accurate Local Plan Policy Map for Sherbourne. The information depicted on this map is in accordance with the Map that was agreed at the Local Plan Examination and subsequently formally Adopted by Warwick District Council in 2017.

Regrettably, due to an administrational error, an inaccurate variant of the Sherbourne Policy Map has been previously posted on this website and also bound within hard copies of the Local Plan.

Replacement hard copies of this Map will be available on request from the Planning Policy Team.

For information on how we handle and process your personal data, please visit the planning privacy notice page.

Pre-application advice 

Find out whether a specific proposed development would be likely to be acceptable and what the key issues will be before the submission of a formal application.

Discuss your proposals with a planning officer - types of advice and fees

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