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.

Independent Review of Sustainability Appraisal Update 2017 submitted to Inspector

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 (SA) 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 was undertaken on the proposed changes to the Sustainability Appraisal. The Council received 32 representations in the consultation period. These are available 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 about 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 link below:

     ID by Surname

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

     Lowman Manufacturing c-o J&K Property

     Robert Bond

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

     Consultation Summary Document

The SA Update consultation documents along with representations received were submitted to the Inspector on the 27 April 2018. Revised hearing dates will be set by the Inspector in due course.  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.

SA Update consultation documents

Statement of Representations Procedure

Statement of availability of proposed documents 


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.

View the Submission Documents Here

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:

Search Facility

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:

Representations in Policy Order

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.

Updated Timescale

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).

What has happened previously?

What has happened previously and responses to consultations on the Local Plan Review can be viewed on the History page.


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