What is the LDF?
Since 2004 local authorities have had to change how
they prepare and implement the strategies and plans for their areas.
Every council with planning responsibility now has a statutory duty to
produce a Local Development Framework (LDF), through which it controls
the future development of its area.
It cannot do this on its own. It has to work in partnership with
central government, the regional planning authority (in Ealing's case,
the London Mayor), with the public, private and voluntary sectors
within its areas and with neighbouring authorities - and with the
direct input of the local community. Moreover, its plan has to pass
scrutiny by the independent Planning Inspectorate to ensure that it has
been prepared in accordance with statutory guidelines and has met all
the tests of "soundness".
The LDF is not a single document, but a collection of local development
documents which together deliver the spatial planning strategy for the
area. It includes a project plan (the Local Development Scheme), a
statement of community involvement, a range of detailed "supplementary
planning documents", and an annual monitoring system. A key element is
the regional "Core Strategy", which for Ealing is the Mayor's London
Ealing's draft plan, Ealing 2026, has reached its
second stage with the legally required public consultation on the
strategy document. The timetable for approval of this has already
slipped from April 2010, but it has to be ready to submit to the
Planning Inspectorate in 2011, after the final round of consultation.
For more information, see www.ealinginlondon.com.
Key planning diagram from the 2026 Development Strategy