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Posted On: 03-01-2020
Posted In: Planning

Council invites public comments on proposed main modifications to help finalise the new local plan

The Mid Devon Local Plan Review was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in March 2017 for examination. Public hearings were held in September 2018 and February 2019 which provided an opportunity for people to have their views heard by an independent Inspector. The Council has now published a package of 55 proposed main modifications to the plan following the Inspector’s advice for changes to make it ‘sound’ and capable of being adopted. These include bringing forward development sooner at Higher Town, Sampford Peverell and also at Colebrook, Cullompton where there are no restrictions on timing, to address his concerns about housing supply in the early years of the plan, and providing a more flexible approach for Gypsy and Traveller sites.

The proposed main modifications, together with updates needed to the Sustainability Appraisal, Habitat Regulations Assessment and Equalities Impact Assessment, and additional (minor) modifications are published for a 6 week consultation. Comments on these documents must be made in writing and reach the Council by 5pm on the 17th February 2020. With the exception of comments on the additional (minor) modifications which will be considered by the Council, the consultation documents and comments received will be sent to the Inspector for him to decide whether further hearings are needed and help him prepare his final report.

Comments are not being invited on the unchanged content of the Local Plan that was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate.

An online form will be available for comments. More information about the consultation will be on the Council’s website

Councillor Graeme Barnell, Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development said:

“It is exciting to reach the final stages of producing our Local Plan for Mid Devon. With the changes suggested in this consultation we believe we’ll have a Local Plan we can adopt. It will deliver sustainable development that reflects the aspirations of our district and help address climate change, provide for new homes, jobs, community facilities, transport and other infrastructure that can meet our needs. Most importantly it will help to protect Mid Devon from speculative and unplanned development. I appreciate that the Local Plan is a long and complex document but I would encourage anyone with any comments on the main modifications to participate in this important consultation for consideration by the Inspector.”

About this consultation:

The consultation will take place from 6 January 2020 to 17 February (5:00pm) 2020.

The Council’s Proposed Main Modifications, the Addendum to the Sustainability Appraisal, Addendum to the Habitat Regulations Assessment, Addendum to the Equalities Impact Assessment and all comments made on these will be sent to the Inspector for his consideration. Comments on the Local Plan Review Additional (Minor) Modifications will be considered by the Council.

The consultation documents, response form and supporting guidance will be available to view online at and at Mid Devon Phoenix House and at public libraries (including the mobile library), during normal opening hours for the duration of the consultation.

Comments must be made in writing and can be made in the following ways:

Online (preferred method):

The online form is also available for downloading and printing for submission by email or post.

By Email:
By Post: Forward Planning
Mid Devon District Council
Phoenix House
EX16 6PP

When making a comment you must include your name and full postal address, otherwise your comments cannot be registered. Please note your comments will be published on our website including your name and address. Addresses will only be used by the Council to inform people about the new Local Plan and other planning matters. For more information on how we use your personal data please see our Privacy Notice at

For more information please contact:

Forward Planning
Tel: 01884 234344