Final round of consultation for Local Plan

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Posted on: 13 July 2017

The final round of consultation on the draft North Devon and Torridge Local Plan is about to start.

At a Full Council meeting yesterday (Wednesday 12 July 2017), councillors from North Devon Council agreed that consultation on main modifications to the Local Plan could take place. An important outcome of the modifications is that the Local Plan will be able to demonstrate a sufficient supply of land for housing development that could be brought forward over the next five years to meet requirements when adopted.

The Local Plan sets out how North Devon and Torridge will develop up to 2031. It shows what development the area needs and where it might be located during this time. 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: “This is great news for all involved with the Local Plan that the end is in sight. Following the examination hearings by the Planning Inspector last year, officers and councillors from both authorities have worked incredibly hard on recommendations put forward to get where we are today. During this new consultation we can only consider comments on these main modifications not what has already been agreed – I would like to thank everyone who has got involved with all of our previous consultations.”

Lead Member for Planning at Torridge District Council, Councillor Pete Watson, said: “The modifications that are being put out for consultation relate to the parts of the plan that the Inspector thought needed some changes during the hearing sessions last year. We are confident that the changes that are proposed address the issues that were raised and that they will enable the plan to move forward towards adoption.”

The consultation starts on 20 July 2017 and lasts for six weeks (until 1 September 2017). Local residents and organisations can have their say online. Paper copies of the proposed modifications can also be viewed at the councils’ offices and at libraries across North Devon and Torridge.

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, scheduled for the end of this year.

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