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Last edited 19 Jan 2022
Development proposal DP
Development, in terms of land, property or real estate, is a complex process of coordinating a range of activities to transform ideas and plans for the creation of a built asset into physical reality. As a business process, it typically involves the financing, construction, renovation or refurbishment of buildings and land in order to make a profit.
In a general sense, a development proposal (DP) is an idea or plan that is presented for the purpose of exploring the creation of a site, built asset or activity. A development proposal may be presented to organisations or authorities for consideration and/or approval.
The 2021 update of the NPPF incorporated recommendations for DPs to consider when assessing sites that could be allocated for the creation of certain types of plans or for specific development applications. Under these recommendations, site assessment should ensure that the DP incorporates several characteristics, including:
- Appropriate opportunities to promote sustainable transport modes based on the type of development and its location.
- Safe and suitable access to the site for all users.
- The design of streets, parking areas, other transport elements and the content of associated standards reflecting current national guidance, including the National Design Guide and the National Model Design Code.
- Any significant impacts from the development on the transport network (in terms of capacity and congestion), or on highway safety, are cost effectively mitigated to an acceptable degree.
 DPs in Northern Ireland
In Northern Ireland, the term DP has a specific meaning associated with area planning for schools and related infrastructure. Article 14 of the Education and Libraries (NI) Order 1986 defines a DP as ‘...the statutory means by which proposed changes of significance to education provision can be affected. The changes proposed must align with the current Area Plan and Annual Action Plan for education provision’.
Legislation also requires that the Education Authority publish all DP advertisements in at least one of the newspapers distributed within the local vicinity of the proposed development. Once the advertisement for the DP is published, a two month period of comment - including support and objections - commences.
The Department of Education published Circular 2017/09 - Guidance on the publication of a Development Proposal (updated September 2018) which provides detailed guidance describing the DP process.
- A guide to the updated National Planning Policy Framework.
- Business case for construction projects
- Consultant's proposals for design and construction.
- Local plan.
- National planning policy framework NPPF.
- Neighbourhood development order.
- Planning obligation.
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