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Planning Policy and Land Allocations


► First stage of consultation on a masterplan for the Northwest Cullompton Urban Extension runs 12th September to 12th October - see for more information

► Consultation on a revised Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule ended on Friday 11th July 2014.  Find out more on the Community Infrastructure Levy page.

►  Consultation on a Landscape Sensitivity Assessment Supplementary Planning Document is running from 25 July to 8 September 2014. Find out more on the Supplementary Planning Document page.

What we do

The Council's Forward Planning team produces planning policies to help steer development over the next 15-20 years

Adopted Policy at a glance

Core Strategy (Local Plan Part 1, adopted 2007)Includes strategic policies such as targets for housing, employment and retail development. The Core Strategy does not allocate specific sites for development.
Allocations and Infrastructure Development Plan Document (Local Plan Part 2, adopted 2010)

Allocates land for development and sets strategic policy on affordable housing and infrastructure provision.

Local Plan Part 3: Development Management Policies (adopted 2013)Contains detailed policies to manage development, such as policies on design, parking, community facilities and heritage.
Supplementary Planning DocumentsSupplementary Planning Documents include additional policies that focus on a specific subject, such as air quality or affordable housing.

National Policy

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out the national policy on local plan-making and development management. The Framework includes a 'presumption in favour of sustainable development'.

The Localism Act 2011 introduced a new tier into the planning system, empowering local communities to produce neighbourhood plans and have these adopted as part of the Development Plan.

The NPPF reintroduced the terminology of 'Local Plans' to describe the Development Plan Documents produced by the Council.  As a result, the Core Strategy and Allocations and Infrastructure Development Plan Document (AIDPD) have now been suffixed with the term 'Local Plan'.  The Core Strategy represents Part 1, the AIDPD Part 2 and the development management policies are titled Local Plan Part 3.


The Council's Forward Planning team is working towards the following:

Community Infrastructure Levy

This is a new levy on development to help fund essential infrastructure. The draft Charging Schedule has undergone an independent examination and has been set at £40 per sq.m for residential development. The levy is expected to come into force in June 2014, from which time the Supplementary Planning Documents on air quality and public open space will no longer be used to secure developer contributions.

Local Plan ReviewThe Council has consulted on options for new Local Plan strategy and site allocations. The final version of the Local Plan is expected to be published for consultation in September 2014.
Tiverton Eastern Urban Extension - masterplanningTwo stages of consultation on the Masterplanning of this allocated urban extension have taken place. The decision on whether to adopt the masterplan will be taken in spring 2014.
Heritage Assets RegisterThe Council has produced a list of sites and features in Mid Devon that have historic value and importance to local communities.  The register is updated whenever information about additional heritage assets becomes available.

Other Policies

Devon County Council controls development relating to waste and minerals.

In addition to the policies listed above, the Local Development Framework includes the Local Development Scheme (setting a timetable for policies to be produced) and the Statement of Community Involvement (our commitment to consultation and public participation in the planning process).

Planning Policy and Land Allocation