Replacement Unitary Development Plan (RUPD) FAQs

What is the Replacement Unitary Development Plan (RUDP)?

The Replacement Unitary Development Plan (RUDP) is currently the statutory Development Plan for the Bradford District. This was adopted by the Council on 18 October 2005 and has been subsequently ‘saved’ by the Secretary of State (see below).

The RUDP is the land use strategy for the Bradford District which includes a set of policies to guide development and proposals for the use/development of land to ensure that the needs of the District’s population, such as the provision of homes, jobs, shopping, recreation etc are met.

It is the framework for all new developments and is used as a basis for making decisions regarding land use and planning applications.

RUDP Saved Policies – what are they?

In 2004, the Government introduced the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act which established a new style of planning called ‘spatial’ planning to replace the previous ‘land use’ planning system. All Local Authorities are currently required to produce Local Development Frameworks (LDFs) which would, when adopted, become the statutory development plan for their area replacing the RUDP.

Under Government legislation relating to the transition between the RUDP and the LDF, the RUDP was ‘saved’ for 3 years from date of adoption until 2008.

In September 2008, the Council received a Direction (PDF) from the Secretary of State which confirmed that the majority of policies within the RUDP had been saved beyond this 3 year period. The Direction letter and schedule indicates which RUDP policies are still saved and therefore form part of the statutory Development Plan until the LDF is adopted.

The Council is currently working on the Local Development Framework for Bradford to replace the RUDP.

How can I find out the designation of a piece of land?

If you would like to know what the designation of a piece of land is and the planning policies which relate to it, you can either:

View online

(Please Note:you may need to download viewing software to view the RDUP on your PC/MAC)

Email

planning.policy@bradford.gov.uk

Telephone

  • The Council’s Planning Contact Centre on 01274 434605 
  • The LDF Group on 01274 433679

Visit

  • Planning offices 
  • One Stop Shops 
  • Main local libraries

How can I look at the RUDP?

An interactive version of the RUDP, including proposals maps are available online: Interactive Bradford rUDP (2005).

Hard copies of the RUDP are available at local libraries and planning offices across the district:

Council planning offices

Britannia House, Bradford, BD1 1HX
Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm, Friday 9am to 4.30pm

Keighley One Stop Shop, Town Hall, Bow Street, Keighley, BD21 3SX
Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm, Friday 9am to 4.30pm

Main local libraries

Bradford City Library, Centenary Square, Bradford, BD1 1SD
Monday to Thursday 9am to 7.00pm, Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm

Shipley Library, 2 Wellcroft, Shipley, BD18 2QH
Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm

Bingley Library, Myrtle Walk, Bingley, BD16 1AW
Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm

Keighley Library, North Street, Keighley, BD21 3SX
Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm

Ilkley Library, Station Road, Ilkley, LS29 8AH
Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm

What is the difference between the RUDP and the LDF?

The Replacement Unitary Development Plan (RUDP) is currently the statutory Development Plan for the Bradford District.

The RUDP is a single land use plan which allocates/designates land in the District for various types of development e.g. housing and employment. It contains a set of policies used to guide development and proposals for the use/development of land. Policies contained within this plan have been ‘saved’ until replacement policies in the LDF have been adopted.

The LDF will be used in the same way as the RUDP; however it will be made up of a number of documents rather than a single policy statement and proposals map.

  • Local Development Documents comprise Development Plan Documents (DPDs) and Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs). 
  • the Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) specifies how stakeholders and communities are involved 
  • a Local Development Scheme (LDS) sets out details of each of the Local Development Documents will be produced, a timescale and arrangements for production. 
  • an Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) setting out progress of the LDF in terms of producing documents and in implementing policies. 
  • an Allocations DPD which designates land for particular uses e.g. housing and employment.