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The planning system in England and Wales is plan-led. This means that the process of managing the development and use of land centres around policies set out in development plans, with planning applications being determined in accordance with those plans, unless material considerations indicate otherwise (see Practice Note: Determining planning applications—priority of the development plan). Planning policy set out in a plan:
determines the type and location of development in an area
helps achieve the key objectives of local planning authorities (LPAs), and
helps inform the process of determining planning applications
See Practice Notes: Planning policy in England and Planning policy in Wales for further background on the policy structure in England and Wales.
Planning decisions must be made in accordance with the development plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise. The 'development plan' consists of the local plans and neighbourhood plans (taken as a whole) that have been adopted or approved in relation to that area. Since July 2017 post-examination draft neighbourhood development plans also form part of the development plan. See Practice Notes: Determining planning applications—priority of the development plan, Planning policy in England and Planning policy in Wales.
Therefore, where the development plan has policies that relate to the proposal, those policies dictate
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