Positive reaction to the Local Plan from Planning Inspector

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Posted on: 19 December 2016

A positive reaction has been received following hearing sessions in front of a Planning Inspector on the draft North Devon and Torridge Local Plan.

The draft local plan recently went under scrutiny by a Planning Inspector, who examined outstanding objections to make sure it was sound and that it complies with national policy requirements. This means making sure the document was clear, appropriate and sustainable in shaping development across North Devon and Torridge up to 2031.

The plan has been prepared jointly by officers and councillors from North Devon Council and Torridge District Council, following extensive public consultation. Following the hearing session the Inspector found that the plan was broadly sound subject to some relatively modest changes and the need for some additional work on the proposals for housing delivery.

This additional work is to make sure a sustainable supply of housing development land can be brought forward over the next five years. Areas of interest explored by the Planning Inspector during the hearings, included:

  • overall housing numbers
  • proposed delivery rates for housing sites
  • the distribution of future development
  • provision of new infrastructure, including roads
  • location of employment proposals
  • protection of the environment
  • development strategies for towns and villages

Lead Member for the Local Plan at North Devon Council, Councillor Jeremy Yabsley,  said: “We are content with the feedback from the Planning Inspector. The plan has been many years in the making, to come out of the examination with minor modifications and the opportunity to review the housing trajectory reflects the amount of hard work that has gone in to producing it by all involved. Even though there is a little work to do, we hope to stay on track to adopt the plan as expected next year.”

Lead Member for Planning at Torridge District Council, Councillor Pete Watson, said: “Great credit should go to the hard work of Officers, Councillors, community organisations, the public and everyone else involved in this collaborative project to bring clarity as to how development will be guided across Northern Devon in the coming years. The detailed plan is now a step nearer to adoption and a great example of everyone working together in this case to secure a sustainable development brief for the area.”

Following the Inspector’s Note to the councils (HD15)  a project plan is being put together to work on modifications to the plan. Once the work has been completed it will then go out for a further six week pubic consultation.

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