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Interim policy advice notes

The IPA documents were produced as Draft Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) in support of the first Deposit Draft UDP. Following changes to the development plan system emanating from the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, the production of SPGs is no longer possible.

Under the Town and Country Planning (Transitional Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2004 we began producing updated Interim Policy Advice.  This provides more detailed accompanying guidance relating to specific areas of planning policy.

As of July 2007 IPA documents were produced. Where appropriate, comments that were made in response to draft SPG have been incorporated into the IPA.

Whilst not having the statutory status of SPG, the IPA documents are adopted council policy, and are material considerations in determining planning applications.

Supplementary Planning Guidance 4: Children's Play Area Standards and 5: Provision of Open Space and Landscaping in New Developments are available to the public on request to the Spatial Planning and the Environment via email

Relevant sections from the SPG's are included in the Planning Obligations SPD and are available in the documents below, for information.


Icon for pdf IPA 4 - Tyne Gorge Study  [1.28MB]

Icon for pdf IPA 17 - Conservation Area Character Statements [8.13MB] 

Icon for pdf SPG 4: Children's Play Area Standards excerpts  [63.94KB]

Icon for pdf SPG 5: Provision of Open Space and Landscaping in New Developments excerpts  [63.46KB]

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