Development Plans and Policies Q & A DCP Section 4.2
This section considers the role of the development plans prepared by local authorities in the making of decisions on planning applications. The way in which policies have been tested with regard to particular types of development is, of course, to be found in the various topic sections of this manual, and it would be trite to repeat this material here. However, an exception has been made in respect of conservation areas (4.24) and rural restraint policies (4.25) as these have an across the board application. Problems encountered by inspectors in interpreting development plan policies in appeal decision letters are described at (6.41 & 6.441).