What are Development Plan Documents?

Development Plan Documents (DPDs) are prepared by local planning authorities. They outline the key development goals and form an essential part of the Local Development Framework.

DPDs include the Core Strategy, site-specific allocations of land and, where needed, Area Action Plans. There will also be an adopted Proposals Map which illustrates the spatial extent of policies that must be prepared and maintained to accompany all DPDs.

All DPDs must be subject to rigorous procedures of community involvement, consultation and independent examination, and adopted after receipt of the inspector's binding report. Once adopted, development control decisions must be made in accordance with them unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

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