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We submitted our Local Plan Review 2013 - 2033 to the Planning Inspectorate on 31 March 2017, for examination into the legal compliance and soundness of the Plan.

The Secretary of State appointed Mr Paul Griffiths BSc (Hons) BArch IHBC to conduct the examination and to report to us in due course.

Following preliminary hearings in September 2018, main hearings took place at Phoenix House, Tiverton on the 14th, 15th, 19th and 20th February 2019.

Updates and further information

For the latest updates and further information on the examination, see the click-to-show menus below:

For a time-line of the updates as the Examination progresses, please see below.

Update (10 May 2019)

It is expected that the Council will receive a post-hearings response from the Inspector by Friday 17th May or soon thereafter, which will be published on this website.


Update (9 April 2019)

We received offer letters from Homes England in relation to the Housing Infrastructure Fund for both the new A361 junction at Tiverton and Cullompton J28/Town Centre Relief Road, which has delayed the Inspector’s expressed timetable for the examination of the Mid Devon Local Plan Review. It's now anticipated that the Inspector will contact us by the end of April about the next steps for the examination.

The letters have been added as two additional documents which are available to view on the Examination Documents page:

  • ED18 Cullompton & Culm Grant Offer Letter
  • ED19 Tiverton EUE Grant Offer Letter

Update (29 March 2019)

Additional documents have been provided by participants following the examination hearings. These are listed below and available to view on the Examination Documents page:

  • ED12  Report on Gypsy and Travellers Pitches (Harcourt Kerr)
  • ED13 MDDC Response to Mr Kerr
  • ED14 Harcourt Kerr response to MDDC statement ED13
  • ED15 DLP Planning - Supplementary Submission in Response to MDDC Rebuttal - March 2019
  • ED16 Persimmon Homes South West (PHSW) additional statement (Inc. Appendix A –K)
  • ED17 MDDC response to Harcourt Kerr ED14, DLP Planning ED15 and PHSW ED16

Update (26 February 2019)

Main hearings for the examination of the Mid Devon Local Plan Review have now concluded. Mr Griffiths, the Planning Inspector, has indicated that he will contact the Council towards the end of March to indicate how he intends to progress the examination further. Information about this will be published on the Council’s website.


Update (22 February 2019)

The main hearings concluded on 20th February 2019. The Inspector will set out the next steps for the examination process in due course.

Various documents were presented to the Inspector during the main hearings. These documents are listed below and can be viewed on the Examination Documents page.

ED09   Public Cabinet Report 31 January 2019 and Appendix (MDDC)

ED10   Connecting the Culm Project Outline (MDDC)

ED11   Nicholas Allan remarks for the Inspector

Update (13 February 2019)

The Council has provided additional documents to the Inspector for consideration during the main hearings (February 2019). These are listed below and available to view in the Examination Library.

SCG9  Statement of Common Ground - East Cullompton Policies CU7 - CU12

SCG10 Statement of Common Ground – Cullompton Policy S11, CU1-CU21

ED07 Inspector's Report - Development Management Policies (LP3) (MDDC)

ED08 Chapel Downs Decision Notice (MDDC)


Update (12 February 2019)

An updated version of the Inspector’s hearing programme has been added to the Inspector’s Documents list and sent to all listed hearing participants:

ID11b - Inspector's draft Hearing Programme v3 

This supersedes Inspector’s Document ID11a (see 9 January 2019 update)

Update (4 February 2019)

Hearing statements from all participants have now been added to the website under the Hearing Statements section.

Update (31 January 2019)

Mid Devon District Council’s hearing statements have been added to the website under the Hearing Statements section.  Hearing statements from all participants will be published in due course.

Update (9 January 2019)

An updated version of the Inspector’s hearing programme has been added to the Inspector’s Documents list and sent to all listed hearing participants:

ID11a - Inspector's draft Hearing Programme v2 

This supersedes Inspector’s Document ID11 (see 17 December 2018 update)


Update (17 December 2018)

The Inspector has notified the council that Main Hearings will take place between 14 and 20 February 2019.  For further information, please see the Examination Hearings Section.

The following documents have been added to the Inspector’s Document List below:

ID09 – Inspector’s Main Hearings Guidance Note

ID10 – Inspector’s Main Hearings ‘Matters and Issues’

ID11 – Inspector’s Main Hearings Programme – Draft List of Participants

Update (29 October 2018)

Inspector’s letter following the Preliminary Hearings

Following preliminary hearings in September 2018, the Council received a letter from the Inspector setting out his preliminary conclusions and advising on the next steps for the examination process. For more information, please see the Examination Hearings section below.

This letter has been added to the Inspector's Documents List below.

Update (21 September 2018)

The Preliminary hearings into Policy J27 Land at Junction 27 and associated policies SP2 Higher Town, Sampford Peverell and TIV16 Blundells School have now concluded. The Inspector will clarify the situation in relation to these policies and how the Examination will then proceed in due course.

Various documents were presented to the Inspector during the course of the Preliminary hearings (see below). These can be viewed in the general examination documents list in the Examination Library (see above).

ED01 - Core Strategy Inspector's Report extract - 2007 - (PCL Planning)

ED02 - Mid Devon Area Profile (Seri/Ekosgen) extract - Feb 2014 - (PCL Planning)

ED03 - MDDC Cabinet Report extract - September 2016 - (PCL Planning)

ED04 - TIV16 land ownership (MDDC)

ED04a - Email from agent

ED04b - Land Registry Details

ED04c - Company Ownership Information

ED05 - 2004 Regs EO Commentary Extracts (Drew)

ED06 - MDDC Response to ED05 (MDDC) 


Update (17 September 2018)

The Council has provided one additional document to the Inspector for consideration during the preliminary hearing into Policy J27 ‘Land at Junction 27’ on 20th September 2018. The document is available to view in the Examination Library above.

   SCG – 7 Statement of Common Ground

- MDDC, Devon County Council, Highways England and Aviva Life & Pensions (UK) Ltd

Update (14 September 2018)

The Council has provided one additional document to the Inspector for consideration during the preliminary hearing into Policy J27 ‘Land at Junction 27’ on 20th September 2018. The document is available to view in the Examination Library above.

   SCG – 8 Statement of Common Ground    

      - MDDC, Aviva Life & Pensions UK Ltd, The Eden Project     

Update (3 September 2018)

The Council has provided one additional document to the Inspector for consideration during the preliminary hearing into Policy J27 ‘Land at Junction 27’ on 20th September 2018. The document is available to view in the Examination Library above.

   SCG – 6 Statement of Common Ground

      - MDDC and Natural England

Update (9 August 2018)

The Council has provided two additional documents to the Inspector, for consideration during the preliminary hearing into Policy J27 ‘Land at Junction 27’ on 20th September 2018. The documents have been added to the Examination Document page .

    SCG-4 Updated Statement of Common Ground

      - MDDC, Aviva Life & Pensions UK Ltd Issues 2, 3, 4 and 8

   ECO08 Independent Review of the financial viability study prepared by GL Hearn    

      - MDDC and Savills

Update (1 June 2018)

The Inspector has confirmed that the preliminary hearings into Policy J27 Land at Junction 27 and associated policies SP2 Higher Town, Sampford Peverell and TIV16 Blundells School, will take place on 20th and 21st September 2018.

After that, the Inspector will clarify the situation in relation to those policies, and how the Examination will then proceed.

The Inspector has issued revised documents for Matters and Issues (ID02a) and the Hearing Programme (ID03a) but is not inviting further hearing statements from the Council or other participants.

  ID02a - version 2 of Matters and Issues

  ID03a - version 2 of the Hearing Programme    

 

The following Inspector’s documents have now been superseded:

ID02 - Inspector’s Matters and Issues

ID03 – Inspector’s draft Hearing Programme v1

 

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Update (29 May 2018)

The Planning Inspector submitted letter ID06 to Mid Devon District Council asking the Council to review the submitted Habitat Regulations Assessment and confirm the extent to which it is legally compliant in light of the recent judgement of the Court of Justice of the European Union in People over Wind, Peter Sweetman v Coillte Teoranta (Case C-323/17).

ID06 – Inspector’s HRA review letter 

Mid Devon District Council responded to this request by submitting ID07 to the Inspector.

ID07 – MDDC HRA review response 

Update (27 April 2018)

The findings of the Independent Review of the Sustainability Appraisal Update 2017, associated documents and representations received in the period 28th February to 11th April 2018 have been submitted to the Inspector.

For more information please click on the relevant link above.

Update (28 February 2018)

Revised hearing dates to be set following public consultation on update to Sustainability Appraisal (SA).

An opportunity for public consultation on the findings of the independent review and proposed amendments to the Sustainability Appraisal will take place between 28th February and 11th April 2018. The proposed amendments add greater clarity to the Sustainability Appraisal and do not amend the content of the Mid Devon Local Plan Review (incorporating proposed modifications) that has already been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for examination. Revised hearing dates will be set by the appointed Inspector following this period of consultation. For more information on the public consultation please click here 

Update (14 September 2017)

The Planning Inspector postponed the first Examination Hearings due to take place on the 26 and 27 September at the request of Mid Devon District Council.

Having reviewed the statements received by Examination Hearing participants and having taken legal advice, Mid Devon District Council requested an adjournment of the Local Plan Hearings. This adjournment provided the opportunity for the council to commission an independent report by consultants LUC to review the Sustainability Appraisal of proposed modifications made to Mid Devon Local Plan Review.

These Inspector-led hearings were to consider the proposed leisure, tourism and retail allocation at Junction 27 of the M5 motorway (policy J27) and the housing sites at Higher Town, Sampford Peverell (policy SP2) and at Blundell’s Road, Tiverton (policy TIV16).

The Programme Officer is Robert Young, responsible for assisting the Examiner with all aspects of the examination administration. The Programme Officer is independent of the Council and works directly to the Examiner. All communications for the Examiner should be sent to the Programme Officer.

Contact details:

Robert Young
Programme Officer
Local Plan Review Examination
c/o Forward Planning
Phoenix House
Phoenix Lane
Tiverton
EX16 6PP
Mob: 07815 803758
Email: ryoung@middevon.gov.uk

Hearing statements for the Main Hearings scheduled for February 2019 can be viewed below. For hearing statements for the Preliminary Hearings (September 2018), please click here.

Main Hearings February 2019

Mid Devon District Council Hearing Statements (Hearing 1 - 5b)

Participants Hearing Statements (listed by hearing):

The Local Plan Review Examination Library consists of two main parts:

  1. The documents submitted to the Inspector by the Council for examination on 31st March 2017 which can be viewed on the Core Documents page.
  2. A number of further documents have been or will be produced by Mid Devon District Council and other examination participants during the course of the examination. These will be added to the 'Examination Documents page' as they are published.

Hearing statements and Inspector’s documents can be found in the relevant sections above.

Mid Devon District Council requested an adjournment of the Local Plan Hearings in September 2017. This adjournment provided the opportunity for the Council to commission an independent report by consultants LUC to review the Sustainability Appraisal of proposed modifications made to Mid Devon Local Plan Review.

Public consultation on the findings of the independent review and proposed amendments to the Sustainability Appraisal took place between 28th February and 11th April 2018. The proposed amendments add greater clarity to the Sustainability Appraisal and do not amend the content of the Mid Devon Local Plan Review (incorporating proposed modifications) that has already been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for examination.

The findings of the Independent Review of the Sustainability Appraisal Update 2017, associated documents and representations received in the period 28th February to 11th April 2018 were submitted to the Inspector in April 2018.

The consultation documents, thirty-two representations received during the consultation period and three late representations also received can be viewed below.

1 - Nicholas Allan

2 - Christine Mason

3 - Winkleigh PC

4 - DCC

5 - Tiverton Civic Society

6 - Mr and Mrs Dumble

7 - Historic England

8 - Willand PC

9 - Waddeton Park co PCL Planning

10 - Margaret Ritchie

11 - David Ritchie

12 - Marilyn Saunders

13 - John Saunders

14 - Gleeson Developments co Chilmark

15 - Natural England

16 - Nigel Cant

17 - John Crocker

18 - ALP co Rapleys

19 - Gordon Guest

20 - Place Land

21 - Halberton PC

22 - Barratt David Wilson Homes co Turley

23 - Gallagher Estates co Turley

24 - M A Hooper

25 - SG Brimacombe and Sons co McMurdo

26 - Cllr Keith Grantham

27 - Mrs L J Grantham

28 - Landsec co Rocke Associates

29 - LVA co Walsingham Planning

30 - M P Drew

31 - Bradninch TC

32 - Jamie Byron

 

 

 

You can search all representations received during the consultation period held on the Schedule of amendments made to the SA Update 2017 by surname, ID number or organisation. For a list of ID numbers please use the following link:

Three late representations were also received which can be viewed below:

  1. Lowman Manufacturing c-o J & K Property
  2. Robert Bond
  3. Cullompton Town Council

SA Update consultation documents :

A summary of the main comments received and the Council's responses to these comments can be viewed here:

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