There are three types of planning guidance to support policies:
The Council has also produced householder and other guides to planning matters. These don’t have the same status as planning guidance but provide helpful advice.
Guidance produced since 2011 is called a Supplementary Planning Document, while older guidance is called Supplementary Planning Guidance. Essentially they are the same thing.
Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) expand on our adopted policies to provide more detailed information than can be contained in the policies themselves. They give guidance to the public, applicants and developers when making planning applications. In some cases they may set out how policies apply to a particular site.
SPDs do not have the same status as the policies within the Development Plan but have been subject to public consultation and are taken into account as material considerations in dealing with planning applications
Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPGs) are older documents which pre-date the production of Westminster's Policy Framework and are no longer produced. However, some SPGs remain relevant as material considerations for determining planning applications.
SPDs are produced with more public consultation than SPGs were, and are therefore given greater weight when planning applications are decided. Where they are stilll required, SPGs will be replaced by SPDs following the adoption of Westminster's City Plan.