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The Planning Policy team is responsible for writing the policies that planning applications are assessed against, and which shape the development of the District. Before 2004 the Council had to prepare a document called a Local Plan, however, in 2004 the planning system was changed and now the Council is replacing the Local Plan with the Local Development Framework.
Local Development Framework
The Local Development Framework or LDF is a collection of different documents which will set out how the District will develop in the future. Work has started on the preparation of the LDF for the District, and together these documents will replace the current Rochford District Replacement Local Plan which was adopted in 2006.
The current Local Plan is called the Rochford District Replacement Local Plan (adopted on 16 June 2006). The Local Plan for the District sets out policies which all planning applications are assessed against until they are replaced by the LDF. However, the policies contained in the Rochford District Replacement Local Plan (2006) were due to expire on 16 June 2009 unless the Council applied to the Secretary of State responsible for planning for them to be saved. The majority of these policies have been saved by the Secretary of State until they are replaced by policies in the Local Development Framework – details are available on the Replacement Local Plan 2006 page.
The Rochford District Core Strategy was adopted on 13 December 2011 and replaces a number of the saved Local Plan policies – more detail is provided within Appendix 1 of the Rochford District Core Strategy.
If you require any more information, please contact the Planning Policy team on 01702 318191 or email email@example.com