Evidence Base

Page updated on: 13/05/2022

Legislation requires the Local Development Plan (LDP) to be “sound”, and for this to be tested by an independent examination. To ensure “soundness”, we as the Local Planning Authority are required to collect and demonstrate the use of evidence for relevant social, environmental and economic issues. 

This process starts with identifying the main issues and objectives to be addressed by the LDP. The plan process is described as being “front-loaded” as most of the work in developing evidence and consulting the community is at an early stage before the draft plan is produced.

A number of conversations have been undertaken as part of the Plan’s preparation. They are available to download below.