The Unitary Development Plan (UDP) is part of the statutory development plan for Birmingham. It contains policies and proposals that guide development and the use of land in Birmingham up to 2011. Until September 2004, every metropolitan authority was required to prepare such a plan for the whole of its area, and to keep it up-to-date.
In September 2004, a new planning system came into effect. Under the new system, we are required to maintain a Local Development Framework (LDF), containing a range of different plans, including existing plans such as the UDP.