Local Plans should recognise the contribution that Neighbourhood Plans can make in planning to meet development and infrastructure needs.Paragraph: 002 Reference ID: 12-002-20140306 Revision date: 06 03 2014 Local planning authorities should ensure that the policies in their Local Plan recognise the diverse types of housing needed in their area and, where appropriate, identify specific sites for all types of housing to meet their anticipated housing requirement.Up-to-date and accessible reporting on the Local Development Scheme in an Authority’s Monitoring Report is an important way in which Local Planning Authorities can keep communities informed of plan making activity.
They are also a critical tool in guiding decisions about individual development proposals, as Local Plans (together with any neighbourhood plans that have been brought into force) are the starting-point for considering whether applications can be approved.
It is important for all areas to put an up to date plan in place to positively guide development decisions.
The Inspector should work proactively with the local planning authority.
Underpinning this is the expectation that: If necessary, the Inspector may be asked by the local planning authority to recommend modifications to the Local Plan that would address any issues with soundness or procedural requirements that are identified during the examination.
Those local planning authorities with minerals and waste planning responsibilities should also produce plans to provide a framework for decisions involving these uses (this includes county councils in respect of any part of their area for which there is a district council, London borough, metropolitan district, unitary and National Park authorities).