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Definition: Development Plan

"For the purposes of any...area in England [except Greater London] the development plan is:

(a) The regional strategy for the region in which the area is situated (if there is a regional strategy for that region); and

(b) the development plan documents (taken as a whole) which have been adopted or approved in relation to that area; and

(c) the neighbourhood development plans which have been made in relation to that area."

"For the purposes of any area in Greater London the development plan is:

(a) the spatial development strategy [known as the London Plan];

(b) the development plan documents (taken as a whole) which have been adopted or approved in relation to that area [known as the Local Development Plan]; and

(c) the neighbourhood development plans which have been made in relation to that area."

s38 Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004

"This includes adopted Local Plans, neighbourhood plans and the London Plan....(Regional strategies remain part of the development plan until they are abolished by Order using powers taken in the Localism Act. It is the government's clear policy intention to revoke the regional strategies outside of London, subject to the outcome of the environmental assessments that are currently being undertaken.)"

Annex 2: Glossary, National Planning Policy Framework, Department for Communities and Local Government, March 2012

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