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.

Latest news: inspector’s Report

Along with Torridge District Council we received the inspector’s report on 11 September following examination of the plan. The plan was submitted to the Secretary of State on 10 June 2016. The inspector’s report states that the plan is ‘sound’, subject to her recommended main modifications, which we previously consulted on.

Inspector’s report (322 KB) on the examination of the North Devon and Torridge Local Plan
• Appendix to the inspector’s report – Main modifications  (553 KB)

The next step is for the plan to be formally adopted at a special meeting of Full Council which we expect to take place in October.

Details of all relevant documents during the plan’s examination are available on our examination pages with associated policies maps.

Weight to be given to policies of the emerging North Devon and Torridge Local Plan

From 30 April 2018 weight has been given to the policies of the emerging local plan when determining planning applications. Following receipt of the Inspector's report, all policies in the emerging Local Plan incorporating the Inspector's recommended Main Modifications are considered to carry significant weight.

All the examination documents can be can be found on our examination pages with associated policies maps.