Additional consultation for local plan started

An additional round of public consultation for the draft North Devon and Torridge Local Plan has started.

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Following a second round of public hearing sessions by the Planning Inspector on the document in January, North Devon Council and Torridge District Council are carrying out further consultation focusing on two specific modifications

  • the proposed method for calculating the five year land supply
  • removal of a proposed site for five properties in Appledore

The local plan sets out how North Devon and Torridge will develop up to 2031, showing what development the area needs and where it might be located during this time. It is the first local plan that has been prepared jointly by officers and councillors from both councils and covering both districts.

Lead Member for the Local Plan at North Devon Council, Councillor Jeremy Yabsley, says: "I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to take part in our previous consultations on the local plan, we really do appreciate your input. A lot of hard work and effort has gone in to the development of this plan by officers and councillors from both councils over the years since we started working on it. By carrying out this additional consultation we can make sure that all the information is completed to meet the Planning Inspector's requirements."

Lead Member for Planning at Torridge District Council, Councillor Peter Watson, says: "The councils were able to respond positively to all of the Inspector's questions raised through the hearing sessions and provide her with the information required to enable the examination of the Local Plan to progress. It seems that there are a limited number of outstanding and very specific issues which the Inspector considers it necessary to set out for further consultation and allow people to have their say on, before moving to hopefully conclude the examination of the local plan."

The consultation started on 1 March 2018 and lasts for six weeks (until 13 April 2018). Local residents and organisations can have their say online on these two main modifications only. Paper copies of the proposed modifications can also be viewed at the councils' offices and at libraries across North Devon and Torridge.

Keep up to date with the plan's progress by following the councils on social media:

Twitter -  www.twitter.com/ndevoncouncil and www.twitter.com/torridgedc
Facebook - www.facebook.com/northdevoncouncil and www.facebook.com/Torridgedc