A local development plan is a plan prepared by the local planning authority and the neighbourhood development plan for the area. The decision on whether a proposal for building works or change of use gains planning permission is made in accordance with the plan. Recent cuts to local authorities have significantly reduced heritage decision makers in local authorities. Since national guidance specifies that local plans should seek opportunities to conserve and where appropriate enhance the significance of heritage assets, there is still a need for heritage expertise during these planning processes. OA has the expertise to provide the full range of heritage advice to local authorities and communities when required.