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Local Development Plan

The Council's new Draft Bradford District Local Plan (Regulation 18) with 'preferred options' for policies and site allocations is now out for consultation. Please click here for further information Planning Policy | Bradford Council

This is a newly integrated single plan and takes into account comments which were received to the last consultation on the partial review of the core strategy along with new evidence to support the policies.

What is a Local Plan?

The Local Plan guides how the communities and places across the District will develop over a 15-year period. It will tell us how many houses we need, how much employment land we need, how much infrastructure we need as well as indications for where it should go and how we can best protect our environment. When adopted it will guide decisions on whether or not planning applications should be granted and it will be the overarching framework for any Neighbourhood Plans. It will also inform the investment plans of Government and others including those who provide key infrastructure.

What would happen if we didn't produce one?

The Local Plan is a statutory requirement and the Government has made it clear that all local authorities must have an up-to-date plan by 2023. Failure to do so could lead to intervention whereby the Government writes our Local Plan and policies. Without a new plan we could find ourselves unable to resist unacceptable development or refused applications being granted on appeal. This could result in unplanned development in unsustainable locations.

The Council welcomes your views on the emerging Local Plan. The consultation is open from 9am on Monday 8th February 2021 through to 23:59hrs on Wednesday 24 March 2021.

Public Consultation

Due to the current pandemic, the consultation material will only be available online and paper copy documents will not be available in the usual deposit locations. The Council are however putting measures in place to improve accessibility to the plan with a special order request service for paper material for people unable to access digital material.

The Council is also hosting a series of online public and stakeholder information sessions covering planning policy topics and the proposed site allocations. This information will be available on the Council's website shortly.

The Council telephone information line will also be available for plan questions during office hours:

01274 433679

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Viewing Documents and Making Representations

The District Local Plan consultation document, supporting documents and maps are available to view on the Council's new consultation software OpusConsult and OpusMaps consultation website. We encourage you to use the consultation website to submit your comments about the plan, policy or site to ensure that the decisions we make are guided by a real appreciation of the views of the residents and people of the District.

Alternatively, a full suite of Print/PDF versions of the plan are available to view and download on the Council's main Planning Policy webpages.

You will need to register to use the OpusConsult system for the first time. Once registered, you will be able to draft, review and submit your comments at your convenience. Your comments will be stored as a record and you will be able to track the Council's response in due course.

If you are having trouble accessing the consultation website to submit your comments, please contact the Planning Policy Team for further guidance.

Alternatively, if unable to use the consultation software then please set out your comment clearly stating which document, policy or site your representation refers to and submit the information to the Local Plan team via:

Email to:

Or post to:

Local Plan Team

4th Floor Britannia House




Posted: Thu, 04 Mar 2021 16:15 by Ms Eve Haskins

Tags: Community, Consultation