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The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 requires that development plan documents be 'sound' (see PPS11, paragraph 2.49). A straightforward interpretation of soundness is that the document shows good judgement and is able to be trusted. The Planning Inspectorate is developing measures and processes for assessing soundness and they include whether the document conforms with national planning policy, whether it has clear mechanisms for implementation, whether it is founded on a robust and credible evidence base, whether it has taken proper account of the views of the community and whether it has been prepared following the proper procedures.

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