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Local Development Frameworks (LDFs)

Local Development Frameworks were introduced by the Labour Government, to outline the spatial planning strategy for a local area. These local development plans replaced Local Plans.

In the Labour era, Local developments or LDFs as they are abbreviated to, were introduced as part of a 'two-tiered' planning system, comprising of:

  • Regional Strategies (RS) - The strategy sets out a long-term framework for the region (in our case the South East Region) to promote sustainable economic growth. Please note however that the current coalition Government has abolished Regional Strategies and returning decision-making powers to local councils. Please see our Planning in Hampshire section for more information.
  • Local Development Frameworks (LDFs) - a collection of local development documents prepared by district councils, unitary authorities and national park authorities that outline the spatial planning strategy for the local area.

Currently each Local Authority is required to complete a Local Development Framework. In Hampshire we have 12 current Local Development Frameworks under development. Each separate LDF is at a different phase and completion schedule. Please see the below map for a list of Hampshire's LDF areas.

Check Out Your Council's LDF

hampshire map

This page last updated 21st February 2011.

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