The Core Strategy forms the most important planning document in Reading's Local Development Framework (LDF). It sets out the overall planning strategy and broad principles for development in Reading. All other planning documents that are part of the LDF need to conform with the Core Strategy. The document has 'development plan' status, which means that it will be one of the main considerations in deciding planning applications in the Borough.
It was adopted on 29 January 2008, which was the culmination of a process that began in 2005. Consultation on the first stage, Issues and Options, took place in summer 2005, and Preferred Options were published in spring 2006. The Core Strategy was submitted to the Secretary of State in January 2007. It was then subject to examination, hearings for which took place in September and October 2007, and it was found to be 'sound' on 14 December 2007.
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