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Local Development Framework

The term ‘Local Development Framework (LDF)’ is used to describe the plans guiding the development of a local area. The plans are important because they set out how we want our city to look and feel, and they will be used to decide planning applications and investment decisions across the city.

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There are broadly two types of plans: Development Plan Documents (DPD) which set out the policies, and Supplementary Plan Documents (SPD) which provide more detail about the policies where relevant.

Southampton’s adopted DPDs consist of the Core Strategy (2010), “saved” policies from the Local Plan Review (2006), the Minerals & Waste Core Strategy (2007) and the Minerals & Waste Local Plan (2013).

Current DPDs being worked on are the City Centre Action Plan (which will replace some policies in the Local Plan Review), and the Core Strategy Partial Review which updates development targets from the Core Strategy.

The LDF also includes the programme for the preparation of the plans (the Local Development Scheme), the consultation arrangements for new plans and planning applications (the Statement of Community Involvement), and the Annual Monitoring Report (released each year).

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