What is – a Local Development Framework (LDF)?

Planning involves making decisions about the future of our cities, towns and countryside. This is vital to balance our desire to develop the areas where we live and work with ensuring the surrounding environment isn’t negatively affected for everyone. It includes considering the sustainable needs of future communities.

The planning system in England requires each local planning authority to prepare a local development framework – a folder of documents outlining how planning will be managed for that area.

In determining planning applications, local planning authorities  must have regard to their LDF.

Go to the WHBC LDF site for local details.

Go to the Planning Portal (Links Page) to learn more about the plan-led system.


What is – National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)?

National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

The National Planning Policy Framework was published on 27 March 2012. This is a key part of Government reforms to make the planning system less complex and more accessible, to protect the environment and to promote sustainable growth.

Visit the Planning Portal to get up-to-date with current planning principles.

Go to the Links page for the Planning Portal, to learn more about the planning system in England, including information about planning permission and how you can get involved in local decision making.