Final week to have your say on changes to Local Plan

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Posted on: 19 November 2015

It’s the final week to have your say on changes to a document that will shape the future of northern Devon.

The latest round of public consultation on proposed changes to the final draft of the North Devon and Torridge Local Plan is due to end on Thursday 3 December.

North Devon Council and Torridge District Council are carrying out the consultation in response to significant recent changes to national planning policy. When finalised and reviewed they will be incorporated into the draft plan and presented to the Secretary of State for examination. The changes relate to:

• providing affordable housing on development sites
• a new draft policy relating to starter homes on exception sites
• new policy options for wind energy development

Lead Member for the Local Plan at North Devon Council, Councillor Jeremy Yabsley, says: “I would like to thank all those who have provided us with their comments and feedback so far. It’s great for the local area that we have this opportunity to consult again on proposed amendments to the plan made to reflect the recent changes in government policy and make sure it is tailored to suit northern Devon. Please do have your say and let us know what you think.”

Lead Member for Planning and Development at Torridge District Council, Councillor Peter Watson, says: “We are nearing the end of the process of Local Plan preparation, prior to its submission for examination and then adoption by both Torridge and North Devon Councils. It’s important that the councils respond to changes in Government policy and through considering the comments of our communities frame locally relevant polices that will guide future development.

“There is now a final opportunity for residents and anyone with an interest in the area to tells us what they think on the proposals and new policy options, which we hope people will take advantage of.”

Residents can view the consultation documents and have their say using the councils’ online consultation page. Paper copies can also be viewed at the councils’ offices and at libraries across North Devon and Torridge.

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