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.

The Planning Policy Team are responsible for preparing, maintaining and giving advice on a wide range of documents including both the adopted Torridge District Local Plan and the new North Devon and Torridge Local Plan.

The team also manage the preparation of development briefs to set out how important sites should be developed. They also maintain a wide ranging Evidence Base to ensure that development proposals are reasonable and appropriate.

If you have any queries or questions in relation to planning policy in Torridge, or the work that the team carry out, please feel free to get in touch.

  • The Torridge District Local Plan 1997 - 2011

    The Torridge District Local Plan was adopted in September 2004. It was prepared following extensive public consultation and it has provided a basis for development and conservation in the District ever since.

  • 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.

  • Current and Future Planning Policy Consultations and Events

    The preparation of planning policy and in particular the Local Plan offers many opportunities to get involved and have your say.

  • The Evidence Base

    The new Local Plan is supported by a range of research and studies which provide the evidence base for the Plan.

  • Brownfield Land Register

    Councils are required by Government to prepare and publish a Brownfield Land Register ('the Register') by 31 December 2017. The Register provides details of previously developed sites that are available and potentially suitable for residential development.

  • Self Build and Custom Housebuilding in North Devon and Torridge

    North Devon Council and Torridge District Council are working together to find out how much interest there is in self-build housing across northern Devon.

  • 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.

  • National Planning Policy Framework

    The Governments National Planning Policy Framework document can be accessed through the following link:

  • Planning Practice Guidance

    The Governments Planning Practice Guidance document can be accessed through the following link:

  • Gypsies & Travellers

    Gypsies and Travellers are protected from discrimination by the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998, together with all ethnic groups who have a particular culture, language or values.