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PPS 1: General Principles
Development Control: Development Plans as Material Considerations

45. The relevance of the development plan varies from application to application. A plan may not provide a clear guide to the determination of a particular application because, although it contains material policies, they pull in opposite directions. Moreover, plans cannot anticipate every possible development proposal that may be put forward during their lifespan and are often silent on issues raised by planning applications. The number of years that has elapsed since a plan was adopted is not in itself important. Even after their stated end dates, plans continue to be a material consideration to the extent that their policies and proposals remain applicable to current circumstances. Regional strategies or policies published by the Department may take precedence over existing development plans, while developments that have taken place since the plan became operative may nullify some of its provisions.
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