Work progresses on the Local Plan

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Posted on: 20 June 2017

Work to progress the draft North Devon and Torridge Local Plan for the Planning Inspector is nearly complete.

At a meeting yesterday (Monday 19 June), North Devon Council’s Executive agreed with recommendations to approve modifications to the Local Plan and for it to go to their full council for approval. The modifications show that a sufficient supply of housing development land could be brought forward over the next five years and following this to 2031 across both districts.

As well as going to full council at North Devon Council on 12 July a similar report is going to full council at Torridge District Council on 26 June. If approved by both councils these modifications will go out for public consultation for six weeks during the summer.

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: “Following the examination hearings by the Planning Inspector last year, officers and councillors from both authorities have worked incredibly hard on recommendations put forward. We have worked alongside land owners and developers to review likely dates for the delivery of new homes to ensure enough housing development land is available over the next five years.”

Lead Member for Planning at Torridge District Council, Councillor Pete Watson, said: “We are pleased to have been able to put together these modifications to the plan in order to address the matters raised by the Inspector at the end of last year. The completion of these should hopefully allow the plan to move forward positively towards adoption.”

Modifications made to the plan were requested by the Planning Inspector during examination hearings in November and December last year. They are needed to comply with national policy and to make sure the plan will be found sound when the inspector resumes the examination later this year before being adopted by both authorities at the end of this year.

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