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Devon Structure Plan

Devon Structure Plan First Review 1995 - 2011

Policies and Proposals Adopted February 1999

(Devon County Council, Plymouth City Council, Torbay Council, and Dartmoor National

Park Authority adopted the policies and proposals on the 26th February 1999)

CONTENTS

Sustainable Development Strategy
S1aRegional and Sub-Regional Centres
S1bArea Centres
S1cTowns with strategic development role
S2Local Centres
S3Minimising Use of greenfield sites
S4Controlling development in the countryside
S5Settlement Self Sufficiency
S6Infrastructure
 Conservation and Enhancement
C2Landscape character and local distinctiveness
C3National Parks
C4Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
C6Areas of Great Landscape Value
C7The Coast
C9Enhancing the urban environment
C10Regeneration and revitilisation
C11Historic settlements and buildings
C12Archaeology
C13Biodiversity and earth science diversity
C14Conservation of important sites and features
C15Conservation of important sites and features
C17Conservation of protected species
C18Waste management hierarchy
C19Waste management facilities
C20Waste to energy and landfill
C21Management of waste generated by development
C22Conserving Energy Resources
C23Renewable energy developments
C24Protecting Water Resources
C25Derelict land
C26Contaminated land
C27Agricultural land
C28Soil resources
C29Air Quality
C30Noise Pollution
 Transportation (A)
T1Integrated transport strategy
T2Hierarchy of modes
T3Walking and cycling
T5Public transport network
T6Bus and coach services
T7Rail services and new developments
 Transportation (B)
T8Rail improvement schemes
T9Park and Ride
T10Devon Road Network
T11High Quality Road Network
T12Highway programme
T13Management of the urban road network
T14Management of car parking
T15Roadside service areas
T16Freight
T19Access from development onto the highway network
T20Ports
T22Exeter airport
T23Plymouth airport
 Housing
H1Housing provision
H2Phasing of strategic provision
H3Settlement hierarchy and distribution of development
H4Housing in Rural Areas
H5Residential Densities
H6Affordable Housing
H8Provision for Gypsies
H9Site and locations of sites for Gypsies
 Employment (A)
E1Settlement hierarchy and distribution of development
E2Employment development in rural areas
 Employment (B)
E3Employment Land Provision
E4Safeguarding Employment Land
E5Tourism development in resorts
E5aTourism development in main settlements (other than resorts)
E6Tourist development in Rural Areas
E7Touring parks and camping sites
E8Tourist village development
E9Visitor Attractions
E10Major recreational facilities (and golf courses)
E11Access to Facilities
E12Development on Estuaries
E13Public Rights of Way
E14Safeguarding Mineral Resources
E15Environmental Effects of Mineral Working
E16Mineral development in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
E17Mineral Working Areas
E18Aggregate Minerals
E19Secondary and Recycled Materials
E20Shopping facilities (sequential approach)
E21Shopping facilities and settlement hierarchy
E23Retail Warehouses
E24Shopping Facilities in Rural Settlements
E25Large Food Stores
 New Communities
N1New Community in South Hams District
N2New Community in East Devon District
N3Concept of New Community
N4Implementation of New Community Proposals
N5New Community Setting
  
NOTE: Policies C1, C5, C16, T4, T17, T18, T21, T24, H7 and E22 were formally deleted prior to the adoption of the Structure Plan and therefore not included in the policies listed.

Sustainable Development Strategy

Policy S1a

Plymouth and Exeter are defined as Regional Centres which will act as focal points both for new development and the provision of regional services and specialist facilities necessary to meet the needs of their extensive hinterlands.

Barnstaple, Newton Abbot and Torquay are defined as Sub Regional Centres which will complement the role of the Regional Centres by acting as focal points for the provision of new development and major services and facilities within the northern and southern parts of the County.

Policy S1b

Towns that could function as focal points for the provision of local employment opportunities, education facilities and other local services should be identified in Local Plans as Area Centres. Such Centres should

  1. be of a sufficient scale to support a range of services and facilities to meet local needs and those of their rural hinterland;
  2. be accessible to the communities they serve;
  3. be well related to public transport and the High Quality Road Network; and
  4. be defined taking into account their location relative to other Area Centres, including those in adjoining Districts.

Policy S1c

The bulk of new development should be accommodated within the Regional Centres of Plymouth and Exeter and their Areas of Economic Activity, the Sub Regional Centres, and the towns of:

  • Bideford/Northam
  • Exmouth
  • Honiton
  • Ivybridge
  • Okehampton
  • Paignton
  • Tiverton

Provision for new development should be made at scales and locations that meet transport demands in energy efficient ways, primarily aiming to reduce the need to travel, conserve natural resources of minerals, best and most versatile agricultural land, wildlife and high quality landscape.

Local Centres

Policy S2

Particular rural settlements should be identified in Local Plans as Local Centres. These will form the focal points for a modest scale of development, supporting services and the economic well-being of the hinterland. They should therefore:

  1. be accessible to the community they serve and well related to public transport and the highway network; and
  2. be defined to ensure that the local needs of all rural areas can be met, taking into account their location relative to other designated Centres, including those in adjoining Districts.

Protecting the Countryside

Policy S3

In order to minimise the loss of greenfield sites to built development, priority should be given to the development of land within existing built up areas, particularly land available for redevelopment, where this would not be detrimental to the urban environment. These areas should be utilised to their maximum efficiency, consistent with the character and appearance of the wider location and the quality of life of those living and working in that locality.

Policy S4

Development within the open countryside should be strictly controlled and only provided for where consistent with the policies and proposals set out in the Plan.

Settlement Self Sufficiency

Policy S5

The self sufficiency of communities should be maintained and enhanced through the provision of a range of local services and facilities. In preparing Local Plans and considering development proposals, local authorities should have regard to the need for community facilities and services, including education, recreation, open space, health and cultural facilities, local shopping facilities, transport infrastructure, employment, housing including affordable housing, and public utilities.

Infrastructure

Policy S6

Planning authorities should not provide for development unless the infrastructure which is directly required to service the development can be made available at the appropriate time. In determining the location of development, the adequacy of infrastructure will be taken into account. Provision for new development will be made where the infrastructure required to service it is in place or will be provided in phase with development in an environmentally acceptable way. Developers will be expected to contribute to, or bear the full cost of, such new or improved infrastructure and facilities where it is appropriate for them to do so.

Conservation and Enhancement of the Environment

Landscape Character and Local Distinctiveness

Policy C2

The quality of Devon's landscape and its distinctive local characteristics should be maintained and enhanced. In providing for new development, particular care should be taken to conserve those features that contribute to local distinctiveness including:

  1. the setting of settlements and buildings within the landscape;
  2. the patterns of woodland, fields, hedgerows, and tree features;
  3. the special qualities of rivers, estuaries and other water features;
  4. historic landscapes.

National Parks

Policy C3

In designated National Parks, the conservation and enhancement of the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage will be given priority over other considerations in the determination of development proposals. Development will only be provided for where it would:

  1. conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the National Parks; or
  2. promote the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the National Parks; or
  3. foster the social or economic well-being of the communities within the National Parks provided that such development is compatible with the pursuit of National Park purposes.

Particular care will also be taken to ensure that no development is permitted outside the National Parks which would damage their natural beauty, character and special qualities or otherwise prejudice the achievement of National Park purposes.

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Policy C4

In designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the conservation and enhancement of their natural beauty will be given priority over other considerations. Within these areas, development will only be provided for where it would support their conservation or enhancement or would foster their social and economic well-being provided that such development is compatible with their conservation. Particular care will also be taken to ensure that any development proposed adjacent to such areas does not damage their natural beauty.

Areas of Great Landscape Value

Policy C6

In Areas of Great Landscape Value development should not detract from the particular landscape qualities and characteristics that have led to the designation of that area.

Coastal Preservation Area

Policy C7

Within the Coastal Preservation Area, development, other than that of a minor nature, will not be permitted except where it is required: for the benefit of the community at large, in connection with public access for informal recreation, or for the purposes of agriculture or forestry and only when such development cannot reasonably be accommodated outside the protected areas. Such development will only be permitted when it would not detract from the unspoilt character and appearance of the coastal area.

The Urban Environment

Enhancing the Urban Environment

Policy C9

The identity, distinctive character and townscape features of existing settlements and urban areas should be conserved and enhanced. In planning for new development, the quality of Devon's urban environment should be maintained and improved by providing for urban regeneration and conservation, townscape enhancement, traffic management and the retention and provision of open space.

Policy C10

In prioritising initiatives for urban regeneration and enhancement, particular emphasis should be placed on the needs of:

  1. the inner areas of the Regional and Sub-Regional Centres;
  2. Area Centres or resorts adversely affected by the decline in the traditional tourism industry; and
  3. Area Centres which have experienced a relative decline in their general vitality and viability.

Historic Environment

Historic Settlements and Buildings

Policy C11

The quality of Devon's historic environment should be conserved and enhanced. In providing for new development particular care should be taken to conserve the special historic character of settlements, the character and appearance of conservation areas, listed or other buildings of historic or architectural interest and their settings and parks and gardens of special historic interest and their settings.

Archaeology

Policy C12

Nationally important archaeological sites and their settings, whether Ancient Monuments or unscheduled, will be preserved. In considering proposals for development which would have an adverse impact on other archaeological sites or deposits, the importance and value of the remains will be a determining factor. Where a lack of information precludes the proper assessment of a site or area with archaeological potential, developers will be required to arrange appropriate prior evaluation in advance of any decision to affect the site or area. Where the loss of an archaeological site or area is acceptable, proper provision for archaeological excavation and recording will be required.

Nature Conservation

Conserving Devon's Biodiversity and Earth Science Diversity

Policy C13

The biodiversity and earth science resource of Devon's natural environment should be sustained and, where possible, enhanced. Its diversity and distinctiveness should not be diminished.

The Conservation of Important Sites and Features

Policy C14

Sites of Special Scientific Interest, National Nature Reserves and Marine Nature Reserves will be protected from development which would harm their nature conservation interest. Special Protection Areas, Special Areas for Conservation and Ramsar sites, including potential Special Protection Areas and candidate Special Areas for Conservation, will be protected from development that would conflict with their conservation objectives.

Policy C15/C16

In addition to sites included within the terms of Policy C14, Local Plans should define sites and features of nature conservation importance, including landscape features which provide wildlife corridors, links or stepping stones between habitats.

The Conservation of Protected Species

Policy C17

Development likely to have an adverse effect on a specially protected species should only be permitted where appropriate measures are taken to secure its protection.

Conservation of Natural Resources

Waste Management and Disposal

Policy C18

In making provision for waste management facilities regard should be had to the principles of the 'best practicable environmental options' and also to the hierarchy of (1) Reduction, (2) Re-use, (3) Composting and Material Recycling (4) Energy Recovery (5) Final Disposal.

Policy C19

Waste management facilities shall:

  1. where appropriate, include provision for the recovery of value from the waste by recycling, composting or energy generation;
  2. be located close to major centres of population; and
  3. minimise transport of waste by road.

Policy C20

Where appropriate, to provide for waste to energy incineration for the management of waste which is not recycled/composted subject to consideration of the location and potential environmental implications of any such facility.

There will, however, be a continuing need for disposal by landfill/landraising and provision should be made for it to be carried out in a properly controlled and environmentally acceptable way. Criteria for the selection of landfill/landraising sites should be set out in appropriate Local Plans.

Policy C21

Where unavoidable waste would be generated by the implementation of a major development proposal, provision should be made for that waste to be utilised beneficially wherever possible.

Conserving Energy Resources

Policy C22

The direct and indirect energy consumption of new development should be minimised by requiring the incorporation of energy saving features into its design and layout.

Policy C23

Renewable energy developments will be supported, subject to the consideration of their impact upon the qualities and special features of the landscape and upon the conditions of those living or working nearby.

'Windfarm' developments will not be appropriate where they would adversely affect the National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Coastal Preservation Areas and Areas of Great Landscape Value, and priority should be given to the use of sites outside these designated areas.

Protecting Water Resources

Policy C24

Proposals for development should not be provided for where:

  1. such development would lead to an unacceptable deterioration in the quality, quantity, or natural flow of underground, surface and coastal waters;
  2. adequate water resources do not already exist, or where their provision is considered likely to pose an unacceptable risk to existing abstractions, water quality, fisheries, nature conservation, amenity or inland navigation interests or any facet of the natural water environment;
  3. there would be a direct unacceptable risk from flooding (including tidal inundation), or where it would be likely to increase the risk of flooding elsewhere to an unacceptable level; or
  4. it is likely to have an unacceptable adverse effect on fisheries, nature conservation, landscape and recreation in river corridors, coastal margins, other water areas or any facet of the natural water environment.

Conserving Land Resources

Policy C25

The extent of existing derelict land should be reduced by undertaking and promoting reclamation schemes, and in providing for new development, priority should be given to the reclamation of such land where feasible and appropriate.

Policy C26

In providing for new development , consideration should be given to the treatment of contaminated land in order to enable its beneficial use. Treatment should remove any unacceptable risks to health or the environment, and should not in itself endanger health or the environment. Such reclamation should as a minimum return the sites to a condition suitable for its subsequent use.

Policy C27

The use of the best and most versatile agricultural land (grades 1, 2 and 3a) for any form of development not associated with agriculture or forestry should only be permitted where there is an over-riding need for development in that location which outweighs the need to protect such land or where it meets the sustainable objectives and implements other policies and proposals of the Development Plan.

Policy C28

Soil resources should be conserved by encouraging the re-use of disused urban land including derelict land and contaminated land consistent with Policy C25 and C26. Where development does takes place, measures should be taken to prevent the erosion, contamination or loss of soil. Where appropriate soil should be re-used to minimise loss.

Air Quality and Noise Pollution

Policy C29

Development that would give rise to a significant deterioration in air quality should not be located where that deterioration would adversely affect other land-uses and amenity in the vicinity.

Policy C30

Development should not be located where it would result in a significant increase in the level of noise pollution in existing or proposed land uses in the vicinity, and noise sensitive land uses should not be located in areas affected by significant existing noise pollution.

Transportation

Integrated Transport Strategy

Policy T1

Transportation systems will be developed as part of a comprehensive and integrated transport strategy consistent with the Aims of the Plan, and the need to reduce travel and encourage alternatives to the private car

A Hierarchy of Modes

Policy T2

Patterns of land use in terms of the mix, location, density and layout should minimise the extent of travel. All development should promote the safe use of the most sustainable and environmentally acceptable modes, having regard to the following hierarchy:

  1. Walking
  2. Cycling
  3. Public Transport
  4. Private Vehicles

Walking and Cycling

Policy T3

Facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and the mobility impaired will be improved by:

  1. identifying a network of routes within Regional, Sub Regional and Area Centres which provide a safe and convenient means of pedestrian and cycle access to facilities , and
  2. ensuring that all development proposals make provision for pedestrians and cyclists, and that, where appropriate, such provision is well related to the network of pedestrian and cycle routes referred to in (1) above.

Public Transport Strategy

Policy T5

An effective public transport network will be developed by:

  1. providing for development in locations accessible by public transport;
  2. encouraging the retention and development of public transport services and facilities;
  3. encouraging the establishment of interchanges to co-ordinate services between different modes of transport; and
  4. encouraging services and facilities accessible to all sectors of the community, particularly mobility impaired people.

Bus and Coach Services

Policy T6

To maintain and develop community based public transport, local bus and long distance coach services by:

  1. supporting the retention and enhancement of the existing network of services;
  2. encouraging the retention and development of facilities and infrastructure which support bus services;
  3. the introduction of measures specifically aimed at giving priority to bus services; and
  4. ensuring that development proposals make adequate provision for access by bus services.

Rail Services

Policy T7

Patterns of land use should have regard to the need to maintain and develop the rail network by:

  1. providing for development in locations accessible to the rail network;
  2. improving access to the local, national and international rail networks
  3. retaining and developing the local rail network as a means of access for the rural community and recreational activities within rural areas;
  4. recognising the potential for the Great Western main line to form part of the European High Speed and Combined Transport Network;
  5. recognising the potential for the Exeter to Waterloo rail line as part of the Trans European Networks;
  6. retaining existing and disused railways, track, railheads and associated land; for future transport use wherever justified, and
  7. retaining and enhancing the facilities available at existing rail stations.
  8. Rail Improvement Schemes

Policy T8

Access to the rail network will be improved by the implementation of the following rail improvement schemes in the period to 2011:

 RE-OPENING OF RAIL LINES
 Bere Alston to Tavistock
 RE-OPENING OF RAIL STATIONS
 Cullompton
 Kingskerswell
 Plympton
 South Brent
 Tavistock
 NEW STATION
 To serve the New Community proposal within East Devon.

Park and Ride

Proposal T9

Provision should be made for the development of new Park and Ride facilities where they would:

  1. help maintain and improve accessibility for all sectors of the community
  2. help reduce the environmental impact on the local community arising from the use and development of the transport system, and
  3. encourage the use of more energy efficient modes of transport.

The Devon Road Network

Policy T10

To maintain and enhance the Devon Road Network in such a way as to:

  1. minimise the impact on the environment and sites of cultural/historic value;
  2. improve safety throughout the network;
  3. promote environmental enhancement through traffic management measures within both urban and rural areas;
  4. ensure that the unique/distinct character of each settlement is retained and enhanced; and
  5. maximise the operational efficiency of existing routes through the use of electronic and other traffic management measures.

High Quality Road Network

Policy T11

To maintain and enhance the High Quality Road Network (HQRN) shown on the Key Diagram so as to:

  1. support the overall development strategy;
  2. promote access to the Trans European Networks;
  3. improve its standard and safety; and
  4. give priority to the reduction of traffic impact on communities that straddle the HQRN, including the provision of bypasses where the balance of environmental effects is acceptable and a positive cost benefit can be achieved.

Highway Programme

Proposal T12

The following highway schemes are programmed to be started within the period up to 2011.

SCHEMES FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF INTER URBAN ROUTES WITHIN THE NETWORK

TRUNK ROADS

A30/A303 Marsh - Honiton & A35 Honiton Eastern Bypass (see note 1) (A)

COUNTY ROADS

A380 Kingskerswell Bypass (1)

A39/A361 Barnstaple Western Bypass (including Downstream Bridge) (2)

A386 Completion of Tavistock Road improvement, Plymouth (3)

A380 Torbay Ring Road Stage 3 (4)

A380/A3022 Torbay Ring Road Stage 4 (5)

A3022 Torbay Ring Road Stage 5A (6)

A377 Crediton Bypass (7)

Letters and numbers e.g. (A) or (1) relate to scheme locations on the Key Diagram

Note 1: This scheme is currently subject to a multi modal study instigated by Central Government.

Management of the Urban Network

Policy T13

To establish a network of routes within the Regional, Sub-Regional and Area Centres categorised by function and speed limits using the following hierarchy:

  1. 20 mph collector roads serving as local access roads only along which priority is given to walking, cycling and other "living" functions;
  2. 20/30 mph "mixed priority" routes along which functions are shared between pedestrians, cyclists and vehicular traffic;
  3. 30 mph routes forming the main radial corridors leading into the central areas along which the traffic function is given priority, although the more vulnerable users will be protected; and
  4. 40 mph (and over) routes providing the main access routes off the HQRN on the periphery of major urban areas

Management of Car Parking

Policy T14

Local Plans should include car parking policies which are consistent with local transport strategies prepared by the Highway Authorities, in conjunction with the appropriate Local Planning Authority, and with:

  1. the overall aims of this Plan,
  2. the need to provide for the minimum operational requirements of land use proposals within a maximum provision,
  3. the need to adopt reduced requirements for land use proposals which have good access, or have the potential for good accessibility, to means of travel other than the private car, and
  4. policies promoted to restrain use of the private car, where appropriate.

Roadside Service Areas

Policy T15

Provision should be made for roadside service areas which provide the full range of facilities required by motorists where

  1. it would make a positive contribution towards safety on the highway network
  2. the need for the facility has been demonstrated
  3. there is no material loss of amenity to nearby residents
  4. the impact on the landscape and on the natural and historic environment is minimised
  5. the visual impact, including that arising from the introduction of new sources of lighting , is minimised, and
  6. it does not prejudice future transport infrastructure

Freight

Policy T16

To provide for the development of freight handling facilities by :

  1. having regard to the need to encourage the carriage of freight by rail and coastal shipping in allocating future freight generating land use
  2. making provision for the development of central distribution points;
  3. making provision for an inter-modal facility at Plymouth for the transfer of freight;
  4. making provision for an inter modal freight facility in the Exeter area;
  5. the development of freight management strategies for the Regional and Sub Regional Centres.

Access from Development onto the Highway Network

Policy T19

In considering specific development proposals:

  1. the access to the highway network must be provided by the developer to the appropriate standard and only where it does not detract from or conflict with the function of the route ;
  2. the effects of the development on the highway network in terms of traffic and road safety must be acceptable; and
  3. the environmental impact arising as a consequence of accessing and servicing the development must be minimised.

Ports

Policy T20

Port facilities and their associated infrastructure should be maintained and developed in order to ensure that the following ports fulfil their strategic function :

  1. Plymouth as a commercial and fishing port linked to the European Transport Networks
  2. Teignmouth as a commercial port ;
  3. Bideford as a commercial port ; and
  4. Brixham as a fishing port.

Airports

Policy T22

To expand the role of Exeter Airport so that it may function as an Accessibility Point in the European Airport Network by:

  1. improving access to the major rail and road networks; and
  2. improving its passenger facilities.

Policy T23

To maintain the role of Plymouth Airport, including the improvement of passenger facilities, so that it may fulfil its function as an Accessibility Point in the European Airport Network.

Housing Provision

Distribution of Housing

Proposal H1

To provide for the development of about 75,800 dwellings within the period 1995 to 2011, to be distributed as follows:

Local Planning Authority Dwellings

East Devon10,200
Exeter Area of Economic Activity3,500
Elsewhere6,700
Exeter6,000
Mid Devon7,200
North Devon6,800
Plymouth6,800
South Hams11,500
Plymouth Area of Economic Activity7,200
Elsewhere4,300
Teignbridge9,000
Torbay6,200
Torridge7,100
West Devon4,100
Dartmoor National Park800
Exmoor National Park100
DEVON75,800

Policy H2

Where the level of dwelling provision included in Policy H1 implies a significant reduction in building rates, Local Plans should consider the need for phasing development over the Plan period.

Policy H3

In providing for residential development Local Plans should have regard to the role of the settlement as set out in Policies S1a, 1b, 1c and S2 and the county-wide development strategy. In villages other than Local Centres and in all the settlements in the National Parks, provision for new residential development should only be made where it would help to meet local social or economic needs and be on a scale in keeping with the size and character of the settlement, and the rural character of the surrounding area.

Housing in Rural Areas

Policy H4

Residential development in the countryside will not be provided for except where:

  1. there is a proven agricultural, forestry or horticultural need, or
  2. it results from the conversion of disused or redundant buildings of historic or architectural interest, provided that the conversion would achieve the conservation of those buildings and be sympathetic to the rural character of the buildings and the surrounding area and not give rise to unacceptable traffic.

Residential Densities

Policy H5

Residential land should be developed at the highest density compatible with the maintenance of accessibility to public open space, the creation of an attractive living environment and the characteristics of the site and its surroundings.

Affordable Housing

Policy H6

In providing for housing development in accordance with Proposal H1, Local Plans should ensure that adequate provision is made for affordable housing, based on an assessment of need.

Provision for Gypsies

Policy H8

Adequate site provision should be made in Local Plans for gypsies residing in or resorting to Devon where a clear need can be established.

Policy H9

In determining the suitability of sites and locations for gypsies, regard will be had in particular to the following considerations:

  1. the suitability of the site in terms of access, servicing, privacy, screening and the proximity to dwellings;
  2. the availability of local services and facilities (e.g. shops, schools, transport, etc.); and
  3. the impact on the locality, both visually and in terms of noise and disturbance.

Employment

Employment Development and Land Provision

Policy E1

In providing for employment development Local Plans should have regard to the role of the settlement set out in Policies S1a, b, c and S2, and the county-wide development strategy.

In villages, or on their immediate periphery, not designated as Local Centres, employment development may be acceptable where this would be on a scale in keeping with the size and character of the settlement, and the rural character of the surrounding area.

Policy E2

Employment development will only be provided for in rural areas outside villages where:

  1. it cannot be satisfactorily accommodated in a settlement because of its exceptional environmental impact but would contribute to the diversification of the rural economy, or
  2. it can be achieved through the conversion or alteration of existing buildings provided that the new use is sympathetic to the rural character of the building and surrounding area.

Employment Land Provision

Proposal E3

To provide for about 755 ha. of employment land between 1995 and 2011, including prestige sites within the Exeter and Plymouth Areas of Economic Activity and in Torbay, as follows:

Local Planning Authorityha.
East Devon80
Exeter Area of Economic Activity40
Elsewhere40
Exeter100
Mid Devon65
North Devon70
Plymouth90
South Hams120
Plymouth Area of Economic Activity100
Elsewhere20
Teignbridge60
Torbay70
Torridge65
West Devon35
Dartmoor National Park*
Exmoor National Park*
DEVON755

* Some small-scale local employment may be appropriate within the National Park to meet local social and economic needs.

Safeguarding Employment Land

Policy E4

Employment land and premises should be reserved for that use. Development of employment land or premises for other uses, including retail purposes, will not be permitted where there would be a significant adverse effect on employment opportunities or where it would significantly reduce the supply of industrial, warehouse and business land and premises available in the locality.

Tourism and Recreation

Developing Facilities in Settlements and Resorts

Policy E5

Within coastal resorts Local Plans should consider the need for additional tourist accommodation and tourism facilities on a scale compatible with existing development which would not adversely impact on the environment. In these resorts, Local Plans should also identify the main tourist areas within which proposals that would detract from their tourist function and character would not be permitted.

Policy E5a

Large scale accommodation and tourist facilities, other than those provided for by Policies E5 or E8, should be located within Regional, Sub Regional or Area Centres, where they would be in keeping with the scale and character of the settlement.

Tourist Development in Rural Areas

Policy E6

Outside the settlements referred to in Policies E5 and E5a, the following types of tourist development will be acceptable:

  1. within towns and villages, small scale hotels and guest houses, including extensions and conversions, and small scale self-catering accommodation, where it would be in keeping with the scale and character of the settlement;
  2. accommodation in existing farm and country houses, including the conversion to ancillary serviced accommodation and self-catering units of adjacent buildings which are in close proximity to the main dwelling;
  3. that directly related to, and compatible in scale and character with, existing recreational development;
  4. improvements to holiday and touring parks, at an appropriate scale, which would result in environmental gain and/or improved facilities; and
  5. development permitted by Policies E7, E8 and E9.
  6. Other forms of tourist development will be resisted

Policy E7

Touring parks will not be provided for in National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty or Coastal Preservation Areas (CPAs), although small scale tented camping sites may be acceptable outside CPAs. Elsewhere, proposals for touring parks may be acceptable where there is a proven need for increased capacity or where improvements to parks are permitted by Policy E6 (4).

Tourist Village Complex

Policy E8

Within the area of search shown on the Key Diagram, the development of a large scale tourist village complex, providing significant tourist accommodation with related recreation facilities may be acceptable, where it would:

  1. be located outside, and not have a detrimental impact upon National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Coastal Preservation Areas;
  2. not harm the landscape qualities of Areas of Great Landscape Value;
  3. be readily assimilated into the landscape;
  4. provide demonstrable environmental, social and economic benefits that outweigh any harm caused to the area in which it is located; and
  5. be accessible by public transport and from the National or Primary County Route Network.

Visitor Attractions

Policy E9

To provide for the development of visitor attractions/activities which make suitable use of the natural, archaeological, architectural, historic or industrial archaeological features of the area, but only where the proposals would result in the protection or restoration of such features.

Recreational Facilities

Policy E10

The development of major recreational facilities will only be provided for outside the National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Coastal Preservation Areas and Areas of Great Landscape Value. Such development should be close to the main areas of demand, and not have an unacceptable impact on a settlement, on the natural landscape, on areas valuable for wildlife, on the historic environment, or on the best and most versatile agricultural land, and should have adequate road access Golf courses may be acceptable outside National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Coastal Preservation Areas where the above criteria can be met.

Access to Facilities

Policy E11

To provide for major casual recreation, including country parks or similar informal recreation areas, in locations close to the centres of population where they would be accessible by public transport and be in keeping with their surroundings.

Development on Estuaries

Policy E12

New recreational development affecting river estuaries, Plymouth Sound or Tor Bay should only be provided for where it would be consistent with Policies C13 and C24 and would not adversely affect their value as wildlife habitats.

Public Rights of Way

Policy E13

The long distance footpath and cycle route networks as defined on the Key Diagram should be maintained and extended, and proposals that would affect these routes should only be permitted where the integrity of the network can be maintained. In maintaining and developing the footpaths, cycleways and bridleways networks, advantage should be taken, wherever practicable, of redundant canals and railways.

Minerals

Safeguarding Mineral Resources

Policy E14

Mineral deposits which are, or may become, of economic importance will be safeguarded from unnecessary sterilisation by surface development.

Environmental Effects of Mineral Working

Policy E15

Any adverse effects on the environment or the amenity of local residents of mineral development should be minimised. Land which has been subject to mineral working should be reclaimed at the earliest opportunity in order to maintain or, where possible, enhance its long term usefulness, quality and appearance.

Policy E16

Proposals for mineral development within National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty will be subject to the most rigorous examination, and will only be approved where development can be demonstrated to be in the public interest and where there is an overriding national need for development which cannot reasonably be met in some other way.

Mineral Working Areas

Policy E17

The continuation of mineral development will be acceptable in principle at mineral working areas, except where it would have an unacceptable adverse impact on the landscape character, best and most versatile agricultural land, natural beauty, nature conservation, historic environment, hydrogeology or hydrology of the area.

Aggregate Minerals

Policy E18

Provision should be made for the maintenance of an adequate supply of minerals to contribute to national, regional and local needs to meet Devon's agreed share of regional aggregates supply for the period to 2006.

Provision should be made in order to maintain an adequate supply of land sufficient for at least 7 years' extraction of sand and gravel and a longer period for crushed rock.

Secondary and Recycled Materials

Policy E19

The beneficial use or recycling of mineral waste will be encouraged, and proposals for such development will be acceptable provided that any adverse environmental impacts can be reduced to an acceptable level.

Shopping

Shopping Facilities and Town Centres

Policy E20

To meet the shopping needs of all Devon's residents and visitors by ensuring that new retail development is provided for within town centres. Where a town centre location is not available or appropriate, edge of centre sites may be acceptable. Only where such sites are also unavailable should out of centre locations be considered. In all cases new retail development should:

  1. be consistent with the need to maintain and enhance the function of existing town centres.
  2. not adversely affect the vitality and viability of an existing shopping centre;
  3. be consistent with the need for urban regeneration, particularly the revitalisation of town and city centres;
  4. be accessible to those without private transport; and
  5. be sited so as to reduce the need to travel by car.

Policy E21

A range of shopping facilities should be maintained within the central areas of the Regional, Sub-Regional, Area Centres and Local Centres so as to sustain and enhance their role within the settlement hierarchy. Where appropriate district and local shopping centres should be identified within the suburban areas of the Regional and Sub-Regional Centres as locations where the development of shopping facilities may also be appropriate.

Retail Warehouses

Policy E23

Retail warehouses should be located on the fringes of the central areas of the Regional, Sub-Regional and Area Centres where suitable sites can be identified. Elsewhere within these Centres provision for such development will only be made where :

  1. no suitable sites could be identified on the fringe of the central area;
  2. it would not result in sporadic development.
  3. it would be readily and conveniently accessible by public transport, cyclists and pedestrians.

In all cases the type of store will be restricted to that not readily accommodated within town/city centres (i.e. consisting of large single storey units of at least 1,000 sq. m. net, intended for the sale of DIY goods, bulky electrical goods, carpets or furniture, requiring large display areas and adjacent customer car parking for the collection of bulky goods).

Shopping Facilities in Rural Settlements

Policy E24

The maintenance and enhancement of shopping facilities in rural settlements should be supported through the retention, provision and/or diversification of small shops and sub-post offices. Stores intended to serve more than the local community will not be permitted within Local Centres or other rural areas.

Large Food Stores

Policy E25

Convenience goods stores which would serve more than the immediate locality, including all those of more than 1,500 sq.m. net, will not be permitted outside town centres, or areas immediately adjacent to them, except where the development would be consistent with Policy E20 and where it would:

  1. be located within a Regional or Sub-Regional Centre;
  2. form part of an existing district shopping centre, or serve as a nucleus for a district shopping centre, identified or proposed within a Local Plan;
  3. be well related to, but not adversely affect, residential areas; and
  4. be readily and conveniently accessed by public transport, cyclists and pedestrians.

New Communities

New Communities

Policy N1

A new community should be provided for within South Hams District, within the Plymouth Area of Economic Activity as shown on the Key Diagram. The new community should include provision for at least 2,500 dwellings in the period up to 2011, associated employment land and a range of community and other associated facilities.

The new community should be located where it will:

  1. be assimilated into the landscape of the area
  2. avoid, as far as possible, the use of significant areas of the best and most versatile agricultural land,
  3. be well related to but separate from existing settlements
  4. be linked to Plymouth in the first phase of its development by an effective high capacity public transport system,
  5. be accessible to the High Quality Road Network and the Local highway system,
  6. avoid areas of known mineral deposits, and
  7. be capable of accommodating further development beyond the current plan period.

Proposal N2

A new community should be provided for within East Devon District, within the Exeter Area of Economic Activity as shown on the Key Diagram. The new community should include provision for about 2,000 dwellings in the period up to 2011, associated employment land and a range of community and other associated facilities.

The new community should be located where it will:

  1. be assimilated into the landscape of the area,
  2. avoid, as far as possible, the use of significant areas of the best and most versatile agricultural land,
  3. be well related to but separate from existing settlements,
  4. be linked to Exeter in the first phase of its development by an effective road based public transport system,
  5. access the Exeter-Waterloo rail line by way of a new rail station to be provided in the first phase of the overall development scheme,
  6. be accessible to the High Quality Road Network and the Local highway system,
  7. be developed without adversely affecting the operation of Exeter Airport and where it would not be affected by unacceptable levels of aircraft noise, and
  8. be capable of accommodating further development beyond the current plan period.

Concept of New Community

Policy N3

The new communities provided for in Proposals N1 and N2 should be subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment and should be developed to secure the highest standards of design, and in such a way as to avoid pollution, minimise the use of resources and minimise waste. They must include provision for :

  1. local community facilities, including primary and secondary education, shopping, cultural and health facilities, together with local employment opportunities
  2. a range of housing types, including a significant element of affordable housing
  3. a land use and transportation system that promotes pedestrian, cycle and public transport accessibility and minimises the need for travel by private car
  4. design features and layout of buildings that promotes energy conservation
  5. provision for public and private open space, structural landscaping and features that promote nature conservation
  6. all necessary physical infrastructure.

Implementation of New Community Proposals

Policy N4

The new communities provided for in Proposals N1 and N2 should be included as specific proposals within the District wide Local Plans for South Hams and East Devon respectively, and should be:

  1. developed in fully comprehensive way in accordance with an overall development scheme agreed with the appropriate Local Planning Authority
  2. developed in accordance with an agreed phasing programme, so as to ensure the early provision of community, infrastructure and other facilities as residential development progresses, and promote the self sufficiency of each phase of the development
  3. subject to specific agreements between the developer and the Local Planning Authority so as to ensure the provision of infrastructure, the full implementation of the development scheme and the phasing programme.

New Community Setting

Policy N5

Where new communities are proposed in accordance with Proposals N1 and N2, the appropriate District-wide Local Plans should include policies to protect the setting of those new communities within the landscape, ensure that they retain a separate identity and do not coalesce with existing settlements.