Additional consultation for local plan given the go ahead

Posted on: 22 February 2018

An additional round of public consultation for the draft North Devon and Torridge Local Plan has been given the go ahead by North Devon Council.

At a Full Council meeting yesterday (Wednesday 21 February), North Devon councillors agreed to recommendations in a report that an additional consultation could take place on modifications required by the Planning Inspector following a second round of public hearing sessions in January.

A similar report is going to Full Council at Torridge District Council on Monday 26 February and if also approved the consultation will start as soon as possible and focusing on two specific modifications:

  • the proposed method for calculating the five year land supply
  • removal of a proposed site for five properties in Appledore

The local plan sets out how North Devon and Torridge will develop up to 2031, showing what development the area needs and where it might be located during this time. It is the first local plan that has been prepared jointly by officers and councillors from both councils and covering both districts.

Lead Member for the Local Plan at North Devon Council, Councillor Jeremy Yabsley, says: “Carrying out this additional consultation will make sure that we have thoroughly considered everything identified by the inspector during hearing sessions. The change proposed in this additional consultation for the five year land supply could in fact mean that we are more prepared for the future than we thought. It means that we will have exceeded targets for a five year land supply and have a land supply for six years for delivery over the lifetime of the plan.”

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