The statutory local land use planning system in Britain II: Local plans in practice
However, these issues cannot be taken to imply that local authorities have completely rejected the statutory local plan as a vehicle for local planning policies and proposals. Accordingly this chapter seeks to document the extent of local plan deposit and adoption as at March 1985, and from this to explore some of the variations in local plan practice and content. The discussion is structured around the four key local plan roles: the development of structure plan policies and proposals; the provision of a detailed basis for development control; the provision of a detailed basis for the co-ordination of the development and other use of land; and the bringing of local planning issues before the public. Together these roles encompass the function of local plans within the hierarchical model of policy control. An examination of how plans have sought to fulfil each of these roles therefore allows an evaluation of their effectiveness within the context of this model.