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.

The plan was submitted to the Secretary of State on 10 June 2016, with adoption planned for mid 2018. Further details of what has happened so far and all the relevant documents are available on our examination pages.  

As part of the examination of the local plan, a series of hearing sessions were held between 22 November and 6 December 2016. At the end of the hearing sessions, the Inspector considered that the housing requirement for the plan of 17,220 was ‘sound’. However, she identified key areas where further work was required. This work has now been completed and the councils prepared Further Main Modifications to the plan which were subject to consultation between 20 July and 1 September 2017.

Following a second round of hearing sessions on 16 and 17 January 2018 the Inspector has directed the councils to consult on two additional proposed modifications.  The consultation will take place between 1 March and 1 April 2018. You can view further details on the consultation and make representations by visiting our planning portal. Further details on the examination are available on our examination pages.