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Legal compliance and tests of soundness

An explanation about legal compliance and tests of soundness.

Legal compliance

To be legally compliant the joint plan has to be prepared in accordance with the duty to cooperate and legal and procedural requirements including the 2011 Localism Act and the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended).

Tests of soundness

The National Planning Policy Framework states that a local plan should be:

  • Positively prepared - the plan should be based on a strategy which seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development;
  • Justified - the plan should be the most appropriate strategy, when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence;
  • Effective - the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities; and
  • Consistent with national policy - the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the framework.
This page was last updated on 9 November 2016