Additional consultation about to start on Local Plan

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Posted on: 13 September 2016

An additional round of consultation is about to start on a document that will help to shape the future of northern Devon.

Following the submission of the North Devon and Torridge Local Plan to the Secretary of State in June, this latest consultation, on proposed ‘Main and Minor Modifications’, aims to improve clarity so that it addresses points identified in previous consultations. It will also make the plan meet recent changes in national planning policy and guidance.

At the same time, another consultation is taking place on a development plan to identify suitable and available sites for travellers. This will also consider how potential sites should be designed.

The Local Plan sets out how both districts will develop up to 2031. It shows what development the area needs and where it might be located. Officers and councillors from North Devon Council and Torridge District Council have been working on the document together.

Lead Member for the Local Plan at North Devon Council, Councillor Jeremy Yabsley, said: “The Local Plan will be the main document used to make decisions on planning applications in the future. This consultation is being carried out at the request of the appointed inspector. Then when the plan is examined, the inspector will be able to consider public opinion on these changes.

“The consultation on traveller sites is also important because it provides the opportunity for local residents to have their say about what we should consider when providing sites for travellers. In the future this policy will sit alongside the Local Plan.”

Lead Member for Planning and Development at Torridge District Council, Councillor Peter Watson, said: “I would encourage all interested parties to get involved with these consultations to help us update the North Devon and Torridge Local Plan prior to the public hearing sessions held by the Planning Inspector which are expected to start on 22 November.”

The consultation starts on 15 September and lasts for six weeks ending on Thursday 27 October. Local residents and organisations can have their say and find out more about the two consultations online. Paper copies can also be viewed at the councils’ offices and at libraries across North Devon and Torridge.

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