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 the adopted  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.


  • North Devon and Torridge Local Plan 2011 - 2031 (Adopted 29 October 2018)

    The North Devon and Torridge Local Plan 2011-2031 was adopted by Torridge District Council on 29 October 2018 and forms the key part of the development plan for Torridge.

  • 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.

  • The Torridge District Local Plan 1997 - 2011 (Superseded 29 October 2018)

    The Torridge District Local Plan was superseded by the North Devon and Torridge Local Plan on 29th October 2018, having been previously adopted in 2004. It no longer forms part of the development plan and is provided for information only.

  • 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.

  • Infrastructure Funding Statement

    Infrastructure Funding Statements (IFS) are a new legal requirement beginning with the financial year 2019/20 that detail information relating to planning obligations (often referred to as section 106 or legal agreements). The statement includes information on obligations that were signed during the reporting year and what contributions are due from them, which includes financial and non-financial contributions such as affordable housing, green infrastructure and community facilities. The statement also includes information on any monies arising from planning obligations that have been received, spent or transferred during the reporting year as well as all the current sums the Council are holding from planning obligations, regardless of what year they were received.

  • Brownfield Land Register

    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.

  • 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.