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New Development Plan Arrangements

Prior to the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, the production of Development Plans in Devon was carried out on a two-tier basis:

  • A Structure Plan, covering strategic issues and broad locational principles, was prepared jointly by Devon County Council, Plymouth City Council, Torbay Council and Dartmoor National Park Authority.
  • Local Plans, which contain detailed policies and site-specific allocations, were prepared by the District Councils and unitary authorities.  Devon County Minerals and Waste Local Plans were prepared by the County Council.

These Development Plans were prepared in the context of national and regional policy guidance, with the latter represented by Regional Planning Guidance for the South West (RPG10).

Following the introduction of the new Act, the Development Plan will now comprise two levels of document:

  • Regional Spatial Strategy prepared by the South West Regional Assembly with assistance from the County Councils and unitary authorities.
  • Development Plan Documents prepared by District Councils, Unitary Authorities and National Park Authorites and, in the case of minerals and waste, by the County Councils.  These Development Plan Documents will form part of a council’s Local Development Framework along with their Local Development Scheme, Statement of Community Involvement and Supplementary Planning Documents.  The County Council will prepare a Minerals and Waste Development Framework.

For a transitional period, the Devon Structure Plan 2001-2016 and adopted Local Plans will remain in force until they are replaced by new Development Plans.

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