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Adopted Development Plan

The Development Plan provides the principal considerations against which planning applications are formally assessed.

Planning proposals will be determined in line with the Development Plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

The Development Plan does not consist of a single document but is actually made up of a number of documents that relate to different geographical scales.

Local Level

At the local level, the Development Plan is made up of the following:

Over time, the 'Saved' policies of the Local Plan will be replaced by policies within Development Plan Documents (DPDs) of the Local Development Framework (LDF).

County Level

In addition to the local elements, the Development Plan for Torridge also currently comprises of the following County level elements:

Over time the 'Saved Policies' of the Minerals Local Plan and the Waste Local Plan will be replaced by policies within the Development Plan Documents of the Devon Minerals and Waste Local Development Framework.

Regional Level

Abolition of Regional Spatial Strategies

On 27th May 2010, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government wrote to Council Leaders and Chief Planners reiterating the coalition government's intention to rapidly abolish Regional Spatial Strategies and stating that his letter is a 'material planning consideration in any decisions they are currently taking'.

On 6th July 2010 Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government announced that the Coalition Government had revoked all Regional Strategies under section 79(6) of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009. He stated that the legal basis for Regional Strategies will be abolished through the Localism Bill.

A High Court challenge was subsequently made against the announcement by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government that Regional Spatial Strategies had been abolished. It was announced on 10th November 2010 that the High Court Challenge was successful and that Section 79 powers could not be used to revoke Regional Strategies.

The Coalition Government's proposals to abolition Regional Strategies are now set out in the Localism Bill.

Until Regional Strategies are revoked regard should be given to:

Other Material Considerations

When determining planning applications it is possible to take account of other information that is not included within the Development Plan. There are many other documents that might be considered when determining a planning application. At the local level these include Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG), Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) and Development Briefs. At the national level there are a series of Planning Policy Guidance Notes and Planning Policy Statements covering different topic areas. All of these may be material considerations in determining a planning application.