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Planning essentials: getting to know your Local Plan

Getting to know your Local Plan could help you identify land that your council has earmarked for development or that’s within settlement boundaries

When undertaking a selfbuild, it makes good sense to get to know the basics of planning regulations, including your council’s Local Plan. This policy document is prepared by district and borough councils throughout England and considers the specifics of the local area, whatever they may be. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own equivalent – Local Development Plans for the former two and Development Plans for the latter.

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