Planning policy

What is Planning Policy?

For the Bradford District planning policy currently consists of that issued by Government and that produced by the Council itself.

National planning policy

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out national planning policy apart from Waste and Gypsies and Travellers, and is supplemented by Planning Practice Guidance (PPG).

Planning policy produced by the Council

This relates in the main to the Development Plan.

The current adopted development plan is the Replacement Unitary Development Plan (RUDP). This was adopted in 2005 and saved, in part, by the Secretary of State in 2008. Until the adoption of the emerging development plan, the Local Plan, this will continue to be the statutory development plan for the District but the weight that can be given to policies will depend on compliance with NPPF.

While the NPPF allows for a single plan to be produced, Bradford’s Local Plan will continue to consist of a portfolio of Local Development Documents (LDD), which will provide the framework for delivering the spatial planning strategy for the area. The preparation of the Local Plan will be a continual process, with LDD’s adopted and new ones added at different stages. There are two main types of LDD:

Development Plan Documents (DPD) – these are LDD's that will form part of the statutory development plan and will be the subject of a Public Examination by an independent Inspector. DPD’s, together with any adopted Neighbourhood Plans, will form the statutory development plan for the Bradford District and will be the start point for the consideration of planning applications. DPD’s will over time replace the RUDP.

The DPD’s currently in preparation are:

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD) - these LDD’s are non-statutory documents that supplement policies and proposals contained in a DPD. For example, they may provide more detail to a DPD or may focus on developing a brief for a site. SPD’s will be the subject of public consultation but not a Public Examination.

The Local Plan portfolio will also include the following documents:

  • Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) – this illustrates how the Council intends to engage the local community and stakeholders in preparing/reviewing Local Plan documents and in the consideration of planning applications. The SCI is not a DPD.
  • Local Development Scheme (LDS) - this is a work programme which sets out the details, linkages and relationships between different elements, as well as timescales and arrangements for producing, monitoring and reviewing the Local Plan.
  • Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) – this report will set out the progress being made in producing Local Plan Documents, Neighbourhood Plans and the effectiveness of policies contained within them. The information gathered will form part of the evidence base that is used to review whether any changes are required to the LDS.
  • The Evidence Base is the information and data gathered by local authorities to justify the "soundness" of the policy approach set out in Local Development Documents, including physical, economic, and social characteristics of an area.
  • The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is intended as a means of contributing to the funding of infrastructure required to deliver the policies and proposals in Local Plan including the Core Strategy and other Development Plan Documents.