Local Development Plan policies and proposals are developed following a detailed assessment of the County Borough’s needs, opportunities and constraints.

Local Authorities are required to prepare and maintain an up-to-date information base on all aspects of the social, economic and environmental characteristics of their area, to enable the preparation of a ‘sound’ development plan. This information baseline is collectively known as the Council’s Evidence Base.

The Council also has a Local Development Plan Library in which Local Authority and Regional documents that have informed the Plan can be found.

The Council’s Annual Monitoring Report sets out the progress made toward implementing the Local Development Plan’s policies and objectives.

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