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Planning Policy

Planning policy provides the framework that will guide and control the development of land and buildings in the area and sets out proposals as to how it should develop in the future. The policies are then used to assess planning applications and to decide what development is appropriate.

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Torridge and North Devon Councils are undertaking a review of the North Devon and Torridge Local Plan, which has framed by our People and Place project. Please visit our dedicated portal to find out more and to get involved in shaping the future of northern Devon.

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs)

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) provide guidance on the interpretation and application of the policies of the Development Plan. They are used by applicants, agents, decision makers and other parties in the preparation and determination of planning applications and are intended to help ensure that policies are understood and applied consistently. The content of an adopted SPD can be a material consideration in the determination of a planning application.

Neighbourhood Planning

The Localism Act, introduced new rights and powers to allow local communities to shape new development by coming together to prepare neighbourhood plans.

Have Your Say

We offer a wide range of opportunities to get involved in the formulation of planning policy, including the preparation of the local plan and supporting guidance:

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