The Council has a statutory responsibility to prepare a Local Plan as part of the overall development plan for the whole of the Borough under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended). New legislation and regulations in 2012 through the enactment of the Localism Act 2011 abolished Regional Spatial Strategies (RSSs) which set out housing and employment targets for each local authority.
The Localism Act places greater control in the hands of local authorities with locally based targets and a new style of Local Plans including Neighbourhood Planning. The East Staffordshire Borough Local Plan in turn has evolved to become more strategic with the abolition of the RSS and the Staffordshire Structure Plan. By preparing an up-to-date Local Plan the Council has set out clearly how much development should take place to meet the needs of the Borough's residents and where this development should take place.