Another milestone for the Local Plan

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Posted on: 13 June 2016

The document that will shape the future of northern Devon has reached another milestone.

On Friday (10 June) the North Devon and Torridge Local Plan was formally submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who will appoint an independent Planning Inspector to examine the plan.

Officers and councillors from North Devon Council and Torridge District Council have been working on the joint document, which shows what development the area needs and where it might be located up until 2031.

Lead Member for the Local Plan at North Devon Council, Councillor Jeremy Yabsley, said: “This is the first local plan that has been prepared jointly by North Devon Council and Torridge District Council. A lot of hard work has gone into the document, including several opportunities for public engagement, which has taken several years. I would like to thank everyone who has been involved including officers from both councils, councillors and local residents and communities, who have all taken the time to have their say in our consultations.”

Lead Member for Planning at Torridge District Council, Councillor Peter Watson, said: “A great deal of collaborative work has gone into making sure the local plan not only provides clear guidance for development in the area, but that it also seeks to promote those things that matter to our residents such as affordable housing and protecting the environment. The final document is a credit to everyone involved in the process at both councils.”

Following submission, the next step in the examination process will be public hearing sessions between the inspector and invited individuals, which are scheduled for this autumn.

Once the plan has been approved and adopted by both councils, it will be the main document used to make decisions on planning applications across the two districts.

The submitted documents can be viewed online.

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