Mid Devon District Council is reviewing the Local Plan, which currently includes the Core Strategy, the Allocations and Infrastructure Development Plan Document and Development Management Policies.
The Local Plan Review will guide development in the district over a 20 year period and aims to ensure that new homes, jobs and services needed by communities are located in the most sustainable places. It will also help deliver the infrastructure, facilities and other developments needed to make this possible.
Public consultation on amendments to Sustainability Appraisal
(28 February to 11 April 2018)
Mid Devon District Council requested an adjournment of the Local Plan Hearings which were due to be held on 26th and 27th September 2017. This adjournment provided the opportunity for the Council to commission an independent report to review the Sustainability Appraisal of the proposed plan. The Council considered that this precautionary additional work would benefit the Examination, aid the Inspector’s decision making and give additional assurance to all hearing participants and the public that a fair and thorough assessment had been undertaken.
The independent assessment was completed in January 2018 and considered the Sustainability Appraisal to be proportionate and appropriate to meet the legal requirements. Changes to the Sustainability Appraisal Update (2017) were recommended by the independent consultants to improve the clarity of this document.
The Council considered the findings of the assessment and the next steps for the Local Plan Review at meetings of the Cabinet on 9th February 2018 and Full Council on 21st February 2018. A six week public consultation is now being undertaken on the proposed changes to the Sustainability Appraisal. Following this consultation period, the examination process into the Local Plan itself can be restarted. Revised hearing dates will be set by the Inspector following the public consultation.
Consultation on the schedule of amendments made to the Sustainability Appraisal Update (2017) is being held 28 February – 11 April 2018. The schedule of amendments and associated documents are available at Phoenix House in Tiverton, Mid Devon public libraries (during normal opening hours) and can be viewed via the links below.
Formal representations are now invited on the schedule of amendments made to the Sustainability Appraisal Update (2017). These must be made in writing (by post or by email – please see contact details below) and be received on or before 11 April 2018 (midnight). When making a representation you must include your name and full postal address, otherwise your comments cannot be registered. 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.
Representations can be made by emailing to
Sustainability Appraisal Consultation 2018,
Mid Devon District Council,
Phoenix House, Tiverton EX16 6PP.
Planning officers will be available at Mid Devon District Council, Phoenix House in Tiverton during the consultation at the following times to answer queries on the schedule of amendments made to the Sustainability Appraisal Update Report:
- Thursday 15th March 10am - 1pm
- Monday 19th March 10am - 1pm
- Wednesday 28th March 1pm - 4pm
Please note that this consultation invites representations on the schedule of amendments made to the Sustainability Appraisal Update (2017) only and not the Local Plan Review (which remains unchanged) or its accompanying Community Infrastructure (CIL) Draft Charging Schedule.
SA Update consultation documents
- Schedule of amendments made to the SA Update 2017
- SA Update 2018 (incorporating proposed amendments)
- LUC SA Update Review 2018 (review of SA by independent consultants)
- Executive Summary of SA Review process
Submission of Local Plan Review
(31 March 2017)
The Mid Devon Local Plan Review was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on 31 March 2017 for examination. The Secretary of State has appointed Mr Paul Griffiths BSc (Hons) BArch IHBC to conduct the examination and to report to the Council in due course. Submission documents can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
The Inspector will examine the Local Plan Review and all comments received during the public consultation. Part of the process will involve hearing sessions where those invited to attend by the Inspectorate, will have the opportunity to respond to matters raised by the Inspector.
The Local Plan Review Examination page will be regularly updated with the most recent information on the Examination Hearings and Documents. Contact details for the Programme Officer can also be found on this page.
The Council received 739 submissions to the Local Plan review (proposed modifications) consultation which took place between 3rd January and 14th February 2017 . These are now available online using the search facility below:
You can search all representations received by policy, surname, ID number or organisation.
To view a pdf of representations received and listed in policy order please use the link below:
If you have any queries please contact the Forward Planning Team on 01884 234344.
Future Local Plan e-updates
To keep you up to date in an efficient manner we intend to rely more heavily on e-mails in the future. This will make an important contribution to making the best use of public funds and will also have environmental benefits of reducing paper usage. If you have not provided us with an e-mail address please provide this along with your representation.
A revised Local Development Scheme (LDS) was approved by Cabinet on 21st November 2016.
The new LDS sets in place an updated timescale for the review of the Core Strategy and the Allocations and Infrastructure Development Plan Document (AIDPD, to form one overall Local Plan).