Local Plans are made up of several different documents and policies.
A Local Plan will comprise a written document which will contain policies and proposals the purpose of which are explained in detail by further text (the 'reasoned justification'). It will also contain a proposals map.
Policies set out what development is planned and how this should be implemented:
Policies should provide a clear indication of how a decisionmaker should react to a development proposal.
Proposals relate to specific sites to be developed or protected. Details should be provided of exactly what is proposed, though often a more detailed 'development brief' or 'master plan' will be prepared to guide the development.
Reasoned justification explains the reasons for the policy or proposal, and points to the evidence to support it. It is a legal requirement.
The proposals map shows the precise boundaries of any sites proposed for development and any other designations or areas to which the policies of the Local Plan relate. This will be usually be detailed and will use an Ordnance Survey map base.
You may have an opportunity to comment on policies and proposals as part of the 'engagement stage' of the Local Plan preparation - when the options are being considered, and preferred options identified. However, it is possible that you may not see the full text of the Local Plan until the publication stage (see Step 5). For sample responses, see the letters in Appendix 2 and Appendix 3.