Adopting or approving a masterplan
Decide on what level of formal status your masterplan will have and use this to inform your route through the planning process.
The path you choose influences the scope and methodology of the project and also has a strong bearing on decisions made about risk management, delivery, procurement and quality management.
If it is to have a formal status, your final plan can be either:
- adopted as part of the local planning framework in anticipation of future change and development
- submitted by an applicant in support of a planning application, providing full information on the principles and implications of development
A more formal status offers a more robust, fixed opportunity to manage long-term change, manage different values and views, control timescales, give consistent guidance on the future of an area, set out a clear distinction between fixed and flexible requirements, maximise the economic value of local assets and coordinate delivery mechanisms to implement change. More prescription, formality and legal weight might be appropriate if stakeholders are seeking to achieve quite specific outcomes.
How do I adopt or approve a masterplan?
- Consider the status of masterplan outputs
Whether you are preparing a masterplan for adoption or for submission with a planning application, you need to be as clear as you can about outputs in the project brief.
- Check formal requirements
For masterplans adopted as part of the planning framework, there are different requirements according to status.
- Determine fixed and indicative elements
Be clear about what the status of your document and the way you present and describe it mean for the level of certainty of your proposals – what you fix and what you leave flexible.
- Submit the document for approval
Follow the requirements set out in national and local policy and guidance when you submit your plan for approval.
Examples of adopting or approving a masterplan
- Design quality and planning control
- P7 Finalisation for planning
- P8 Processing the planning application
CLG Circular 01/2006: Guidance on Changes to the Development Control System
This circular sets out information relevant to local development orders, outline and reserved matters applications and design and access statements.
The Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure) (Amendment) (England) Order 2006
This order specifies procedures connected with planning applications, appeals to the Secretary of State and related matters.