Development Plans come in a number of different forms. For the most part you will be interested in the details contained in Local and Unitary Development Plans.
Structure Plans - apply to non-metropolitan areas (County Councils) and set out the strategic framework for planning in the County.
They contain policies that are more general in nature relating to the County as a whole.
Structure Plans are important as they establish the framework within which Local Plans are prepared and interpret Government and Regional guidance at a countywide level.
Local Plans - interpret the broad Structure Plan policies at a District Council level in great detail often for specific sites. National Parks also produce Local Plans for their areas.
The Local Plan is probably the most important planning document you will need to look at before preparing your planning application.
The Plan for your area is available for inspection or purchase at your local planning department and many local libraries will also keep a copy.
The Plan contains detailed 'Proposals Maps' for the whole District to an Ordnance Survey base, which illustrate a wide range of information, such as: -
Settlement boundaries around cities, towns and villages.
Land allocations for housing, commercial and industrial development.
Green Belt, Special Landscape areas, public open space, SSSI's etc.
Transport proposals for road, rail and air.
Educational and other social proposals.
Conservation Areas and other issues of special interest.
The Proposals Maps are linked to written policies in the Plan, which specify the way in which development may or may not be permitted. Certain policies may prohibit development in certain areas or circumstances altogether, whilst others will establish detailed criteria which must be satisfied if development is to be allowed.
UNITARY DEVELOPMENT PLANS
Development Plans (UDPs)
- apply in
& Waste Local Plans - deal specifically with these issues and are produced separately
by County or National Park Authorities, or contained within a UDP.