What the Local Development Framework (LDF) is

Planning Policy Team (dpi@kirklees.gov.uk) Last updated - March 2010
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The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 states that each council must prepare a Local Development Framework (LDF) to replace its existing statutory development plan. The current statutory development plan for Kirklees is the Unitary Development Plan (UDP) which was adopted in March 1999.

The Local Development Framework must be prepared in the context of national policies and planning needs identified in the Regional Spatial Strategy for Yorkshire and the Humber. The LDF must also integrate with the local community strategy to help deliver the long-term vision and ambitions for Kirklees.

Transition from Unitary Development Plan (UDP) to Local Development Framework (LDF)

After 27 September 2007 where LDFs had not been completed, the legislation allowed for certain planning policies to continue to be saved until they are later replaced within Local Development Framework policies. An application was made to the Secretary of State in accordance with the legislation to continue to save various UDP policies. Policies were therefore saved or unsaved (for example, because the development has been completed or because policies have been superseded by changes in national planning policies) with effect from 28 September 2008.

Local Development Framework documents

The Local Development Framework (LDF) will have the same function as the Unitary Development Plan (UDP) in providing a policy framework for decisions about the use and development of land and conservation.

The LDF is a different type of plan in that it is made up of a number of documents covering particular topics or areas to better suit local circumstances and local distinctiveness. Once adopted, the documents will be reviewed and updated individually as necessary.

The LDF is predominantly made up of two kinds of documents:

Development Plan Documents (DPDs)

These set out policies and proposals for main land uses either for the whole of Kirklees or for specific areas (for example, land for housing, business use, community services, open spaces, transport, quarrying). The first Development Plan Document is the Core Strategy which will provide broad guidance on the scale and distribution of development and the supporting transport network across the district. It will help to deliver the council's vision and strategic objectives for Kirklees. The Core Strategy provides the context for all other Development Plan Documents.

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs)

These are related to a 'parent' DPD and may cover a range of issues to provide further guidance and advice about policies and proposals in the 'parent' DPD.

Local Development Framework timetable

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) contains the timetable for producing the documents which will make up the LDF including the stages when community consultation will occur. The LDS will be reviewed and amended as necessary.

Community involvement

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets out the standards to be achieved by the council in involving the community in the preparation of the LDF and in determining planning applications.

Sustainability Appraisal (SA)

All Development Plan Documents (DPDs) and Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) are subject to Sustainability Appraisal (SA). This process provides a mechanism for balancing conflicts between economic, social and environmental issues and identifying how improvements or compromises can be made to achieve the most sustainable outcome.

Monitoring and review

The Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) sets out progress made in terms of consultation undertaken, Local Development Framework (LDF) policies and a variety of additional indicators.

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