The Development Plan is the collection of national and local planning documents which are together used to plan for the future of the Borough and to determine planning applications.
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published in March 2012 and replaces Planning Policy Guidance Notes (PPGs), Planning Policy Statements (PPSs), some Circulars and best practice guidance documents.
At the current time, the Development Plan comprised the East of England Plan, but it is the intention that this will be revoked as part of the coalition Government “localism” agenda to allow more decision making at the local level.
Local planning documents comprise the saved policies of the Hertfordshire Structure Plan, the saved policies of the Broxbourne Local Plan Second Review and Supplementary Planning Guidance documents which supplement existing Local Plan policies.
Over time it is intended that these documents will be replaced by the emerging policies of the new Local Plan process.
Other Planning Documents
In addition to the documents that make up the Development Plan there are also a number of planning documents which may be regarded as a “material consideration” in the determination of planning applications and the negotiation of Section 106 planning contributions. These include Town Centre Strategies, Development Briefs and Business Park Improvement Plans.