The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 made major changes to our Development Plan system. The changes included removing district-wide local plans and replacing them with Local Development Documents (LDDs). Together, the LDDs will make the Local Development Framework (LDF) for the district authority area of Swale. There are different types of LDD, described below.
DPDs either make guidance to decide planning applications or they allocate areas or sites for certain types of development. DPDs need to be sent to the Secretary of State for independent examination in public. Government guidance is that the following DPDs should be produced:
The DPDs we produce form part of the statutory Development Plan for Swale.
SPDs will replace the older Supplementary Planning Guidance. SPDs do not need to be sent for independent examination. They will give more detail on how key policies or allocations in Development Plan Documents will be carried out and can be about specific Masterplans or topics.
The Local Development Scheme sets out when the documents which make up our Local Development Framework need to be completed and what their priority is. The second revision to the scheme was approved by the Secretary of State on 12 November 2010. Our Local Development Scheme was reviewed and updated during spring 2012.
The Local Development Scheme must identify:
The SCI is a statement about our policy on the involvement of people who have an interest in matters relating to development in their area, relating to creating LDDs and considering major development schemes. We adopted a Statement of Community Involvement in 2008.
A full list of Local Development Documents adopted, proposed or in production at November 2010 are set out in the Local Development Scheme. The main documents are:
To inform the Local Development Framework, evidence is being gathered. As it is completed, details will be made available in the LDF Evidence Base.
Topic Papers set out a starting point for information that will inform the Local Development Framework. View the LDF Topic Papers.
There are no current consultations. Our most recent consultations were:
If you would like any more advice and information about our LDF, please contact the planning team.