Strategic land development planning is the process of the assessment of land, with the intention of identifying future land uses, and potential for development.  Strategic land use planning helps forecast and control a variety of factors affecting a location, including housing demand, and the need for services to meet subsequent growth caused by any development. Strategic land planning balances controlled growth with sensitive factors such as sustainability and community needs.

Strategic land development planning is part of a wide network of local planning authorities, and town development plans, ensuring consistency and helping the UK as a whole function efficiently and effectively.