Local plan responds to recent public consultation

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Posted on: 4 May 2016

A document, which will shape the future of northern Devon, is to be amended in line with recent consultation responses.

At a North Devon Council Executive meeting yesterday (3 May) and a meeting of Torridge District Council’s Community and Resources Committee, councillors agreed that a policy for starter homes would be included in the North Devon and Torridge Local Plan, having taken into account public consultation responses.

Councillors also decided not to include a new policy for wind energy development, following a large number of representations from the local community and also because the government no longer requires this policy.

The local plan shows what development is planned for the area and where it should be located. Once adopted, the main document will be used to make decisions on planning applications across the two districts.

Lead Member for the Local Plan at North Devon Council, Councillor Jeremy Yabsley, said: “The consultation was carried out to comply with the latest government policy and procedures and to enable local communities to have their say on what the plan contains. It’s great that we can include suggestions put forward during the consultation and make sure the plan is tailored to reflect the needs and wishes of northern Devon.”

Lead Member for Planning at Torridge District Council, Councillor  Peter Watson, said: “A clear majority of consultees objected to the principle of identifying areas suitable for wind energy in northern Devon. At the same time, central government, through further guidance, indicated that such an approach was no longer necessary. Members have therefore decided to adjust the manner in which wind energy issues will be addressed going forward and the final plan is a culmination of all the consultation undertaken and the very latest guidance.“

A report which proposes the plan is submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination was also endorsed during the North Devon Council meeting. This will now go to North Devon’s Full Council for formal approval later this month. A similar report will also be considered by Torridge District Council next week (9 May).

Following these meetings, it is hoped the plan will then be submitted to the Secretary of State at the end of May.

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