The Local Development Framework (LDF) is the name given to development plans introduced by the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. The purpose was to gradually replace existing statutory development plans (in our case the City of York Local Plan Incorporating the 4th Set of Changes) with a portfolio of documents rather than a single plan.
Work was carried out towards developing an LDF for York between 2005 and 2011, but the documents weren't taken any further following councillor instructions to start developing the 'new Local Plan'.
LDF withdrawal and the way forward
The Core Strategy Submission, 2011 (the principal document in our LDF) was submitted to the Secretary of State in February 2012, following consultations between 2006 and 2011. This was just before a new 'National Planning Policy Framework' was issued.
Following a letter from our Planning Inspector we reluctantly recommended the withdrawal of the document to councillors. Our council approved this the withdrawl in July 2012 and Members (on 9 October 2012) instructed us to commence appropriate steps to produce a new Local Plan that is fully compliant with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and other relevant statutes.
Statement of community involvement
The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) was adopted in December 2007. It sets out how we will involve you in the preparation of all LDF documents and in making decisions on planning applications. It is still used in relation to how to involve the community in the preparation of the new Local Plan.