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 2017. 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 22nd November and 6th 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 have prepared Main Modifications to the plan which are subject to consultation between 20th July and 1st September 2017.

Following the close of the consultation, all the representations will be sent to the Inspector for her consideration.  It is anticipated that if no further hearing sessions are required the Local Plan Inspector’s Report should be received by the councils in December 2017.