Local planning and implementation I: The development control process
The development plan is defined by statute and regulation, and as a result there is little ambiguity as to what should or should not be considered under this heading by a local planning authority in determining an application for permission to develop. Unfortunately no definition exists for' other material considerations' , and whilst it is clear that such considerations must have a planning basis, there are difficulties in determining their precise boundaries, especially in cases which involve factors other than traditional land use factors, e.g. the adequacy of existing social infrastructure. However, over the years a body of case law has developed which provides basic guidelines as to what constitutes 'other material considerations'.