Local plans are an essential part of the country’s land use planning system – they help to manage new development responsibly for the benefit of everyone and to make sure development happens in the right places. A local plan sets out a vision for the future growth of an area. It sets out what is going to be developed, where it will happen and how it will be achieved. Once adopted, a local plan is used when decisions on planning applications are made in the area it covers.
Local plans have to tie in with Government policy, along with regional and local strategies for the economy, transport, the environment and other issues. A local plan includes strategic planning policies to guide development, and identifies sites for new homes, jobs and infrastructure.