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A new Planning Policy Statement has been prepared and is now out for consultation. The draft Planning Policy Statement aims to help new developments in the district to meet green credentials in relation to climate change mitigation and adaption, and support our move towards a net zero carbon future.

The draft Planning Policy Statement follows the Council’s adoption of the Devon Climate Change Declaration and the Mid Devon Climate Strategy 2020-2024. It will support relevant policies in the adopted Mid Devon Local Plan and introduce interim measures while we are preparing ‘Plan Mid Devon’ which will be a new Local Plan for the district.

The Planning Policy Statement includes:

  • A climate emergency checklist for submitting and assessing planning applications
  • Examples of best practice for achieving net zero carbon homes
  • A spreadsheet for comparing the costs and benefits of different ‘low carbon’ standards for new homes

It will apply to all planning applications for the development and use of land and buildings in Mid Devon, except those within the Dartmoor National Park or that are subject to ‘permitted development rights’ where there is no need to apply for planning permission. The checklist can be used to help guide the preparation of planning applications submitted to the Council for determination and also help inform the decisions made on these. It will help underline that tackling climate change is an important material consideration in the planning process.

Opportunity to comment

A public consultation will run from Monday 24th October to Friday 16th December 2022 and we are keen to hear your views. All comments received within the consultation period will be carefully considered to help us finalise the Planning Policy Statement before it is adopted by the Council.

Links to the Non-Statutory Interim Planning Policy Statement: Climate Emergency and further information about the consultation can be found below:

 

Non-Statutory Interim Planning Policy Statement: Climate Emergency

Net Zero Carbon Toolkit

Net Zero Housing Assessment Tool Example

Net Zero Housing Assessment Tool

Statement of Availability

Statement of Representation Procedure

 

Printed copies of the consultation documents will available to view at our Council Offices in Tiverton (Phoenix House, Phoenix Lane, EX16 6PP) or at libraries within Mid Devon during normal opening hours during the consultation period.

Comments on the Non-Statutory Interim Climate Change Planning Policy Statement must be sent to us by Friday 16th December 2022. We encourage you to do this by completing the online survey below:

Planning Policy Statement Online Survey

Alternatively you can respond to the consultation documents by email or post.

By email: fplan@middevon.gov.uk

By post / deliver by hand: Forward Planning, Phoenix House, Phoenix Lane, Tiverton, Devon EX16 6PP

Comments must be sent to us in writing, should specify the consultation you are responding to and include your name and full postal address otherwise your comments cannot be registered. If you are responding to specific sections or paragraphs of the consultation documents, please support us by indicating which sections these are in your response. Please note that comments will be published on our website including the name and address of the consultee. Contact details will only be used by the Council to inform you about planning documents prepared by us. For more information about how we use your personal data please see our Privacy Notice - www.middevon.gov.uk/residents/planning/privacy-notices/

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