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When determining a planning application, how much weight can a local planning authority (LPA) give to a document which is outside the development plan, not a development plan document and does not fall under any of the planning acts? Can the LPA give weight to other council strategies as a material planning consideration, such as the Council Plan or a strategy for the future of the city that sets out a long term vision for growth and other projects?

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Published on LexisPSL on 01/04/2021

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  • When determining a planning application, how much weight can a local planning authority (LPA) give to a document which is outside the development plan, not a development plan document and does not fall under any of the planning acts? Can the LPA give weight to other council strategies as a material planning consideration, such as the Council Plan or a strategy for the future of the city that sets out a long term vision for growth and other projects?

A material consideration is one which is relevant to the determination of the planning application. The concept of materiality for the purposes of planning decisions is wide. In Stringer v Minister of Housing and Local Government, Cook J said that 'in principle...any consideration which relates to the use and development of land is capable of being a planning consideration. Whether a particular consideration

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