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The North Devon and Torridge Local Plan - 2011 - 2031

The Joint North Devon and Torridge Local Plan 2011-2031, which is the key spatial planning document for North Devon and Torridge District Councils for the next 15 years, was submitted to The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 10th June 2016 for Independent Examination.

North Devon Council and Torridge District Council have been working together to prepare a new local plan to cover northern Devon, called the North Devon and Torridge Local Plan. It will consider the long-term vision of objectives for the area up to 2031. 

It has been prepared with the aim of ensuring that future development within northern Devon is well planned and managed effectively whilst having a positive impact on local communities, the economy and the environment. The new local plan will provide a consistent approach to planning into the future across the whole of northern Devon.

Local Plan Examination

The draft North Devon and Torridge Local Plan 2011-2031 ("the Plan") was submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination on Friday 10th June 2016.  

The Inspector

The Programme Officer for the examination is Mrs Julie Chandler, who will manage the administration of the examination on behalf of the appointed Inspector and to acts as the liaison between the Inspector and representatives of the Councils. The Programme Officer has no involvement with the preparation of the plan and reports directly to the Inspector. Any correspondence or queries relating to the examination process should be directed to the Programme Officer. Further information about the examination including contact details for the programme officer is available on the examination website.

The Programme Officer

A Programme Officer, Mrs Julie Chandler, has been appointed to manage the administration of the examination on behalf of the appointed Inspector and to acts as the liaison between the Inspector and representatives of the Councils. The Programme Officer has no involvement with the preparation of the plan and reports directly to the Inspector. Any correspondence or queries relating to the examination process should be directed to the Programme Officer. Further information about the examination including contact details for the programme officer is available on the examination website.

Hearing Sessions

As part of the examination of the Local Plan, a series of hearing sessions were held between 22nd November and 6th December 2016 at the Cedars Barnstaple. The herring sessions gave persons the opportunity to appear before and be heard by the person appointed to carry out the independent examination. 

Following the conclusion of consultation on the Further Proposed Main Modifications the Local Plan Inspector has determined that further hearing sessions are required. The detail of the matters to be discussed are set out in Examination Document EC35: Inspector's Note to the Councils: Hearing Sessions into proposed Further Main Modifications.The hearing sessions will commence on 16th January 2018 and be conducted at the Cedars Barnstaple. The programme officer will publish further details of the arrangements for the hearing session on the examination website.

Examination Library

The examination library is hosted on the examination website and provides access to all of the documentation associated to the examination of the Local Plan. It contains all of the formal Examination Correspondence (EC) along with the Submission Documents (SUB), Core Evidence (CE) and the secondary Evidence Base (EB) which are referenced in the Plan or which have been used to support its preparation. Printed copies of the Examination Correspondence, Submission Documents and Core Evidence are also available for inspection at the Councils' Offices at Lynton House, Barnstaple and Riverbank House, Bideford during normal office opening hours.

Further Information

Local Plan Submission - 10th June 2016

Submission in accordance with Part 20(3) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and Regulation 22 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning)(England) Regulations 2012.

North Devon Council and Torridge District Council submitted the North Devon and Torridge Local Plan 2011-2031 (along with the required supporting information and documentation) to the Secretary of State for independent examination on Friday 10th June 2016.

The 'submitted plan' to be considered by a planning inspector is made up of the Publication Draft (2014), plus the changes proposed through the four subsequent consultations which were undertaken between March 2015 and February 2016.  The original publication draft along with the series of proposed changes are set out in the documents labelled 'SUB1 - SUB5'.

Local Plan Consultations

The following links provide further detail of each significant stage achieved to progress the Local Plan:

Taking Part in the Local Plan Process

As part of the process of preparing the Local Plan there has been a number of opportunities for the community and stakeholders to get involved and have their say. 

Community involvement lies at the heart of Local Plan preparation and to this end the ways to get involved or have your say are laid out in a specific document - the Statement of Community Involvement.

Consultation Portal

The Council has a dedicated online consultation portal that will offer opportunities to get involved or have your say via the internet. The consultation portal will offer various ways to get involved in the preparation of planning policy documents. You will be able to view and download documents, submit your comments online, fill out surveys and potentially take part in debates via online forums.

Register Your Details

If you wish to be kept informed about appropriate opportunities to get involved in preparing planning policy including the Local Plan then please provide us with your details. You can do this by:

Once registered, we will then get in touch to inform you of any appropriate opportunities to get involved and have your say. Your details will only be used to inform you of these opportunities within Torridge or in any joint opportunities with North Devon Council. Your details will not be passed to any third parties for any commercial uses.

  • Supporting Material

    Alongside the documents of the Local Plan that guide and shape development within the area, there are a range of formal supporting documents that help guide it's preparation and monitor it's implementation.

  • North Devon and Torridge Local Plan - Part 3: Rural Areas

    North Devon and Torridge District Councils have worked with Parish Councils and local communities to prepare village plans to contribute to the preparation of Part 3 of the Local Plan. These village plans will form part three of the draft North Devon and Torridge Local Plan, guiding development in the rural areas up to 2031.