Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

‘Historic’ joint local plan approved for North Devon and Torridge

12:22 01 May 2014

The joint meeting at Barnstaple Hotel between North Devon and Torridge district councils has been hailed as 'historic'.

The joint meeting at Barnstaple Hotel between North Devon and Torridge district councils has been hailed as 'historic'.

Archant

District councils give green light to draft plan before final round of consultation.

North Devon and Torridge council chairmen Malcolm Wilkinson and Peter Christie with a copy of the local plan.North Devon and Torridge council chairmen Malcolm Wilkinson and Peter Christie with a copy of the local plan.

FOR the first time the district councils of North Devon and Torridge have approved a ‘historic’ joint local plan.

At a meeting yesterday (Wednesday) in Barnstaple Hotel, the two councils met as one to approve the blueprint document that sets out how both districts will develop up to 2031.

The North Devon and Torridge Local Plan contains chapters on every town and major village and sets out where new houses can be built, where local community facilities can be provided and where employment land can be developed.

The plan will now go out for a second round of consultation following an initial one engagement exercise last year when more than 4,000 comments were received.

Following that feedback, the plan has been amended and is now going out for final consultation before it is submitted to the Secretary of State to be scrutinised by a planning inspector.

North Devon Council executive member for strategic planning, Councillor Mike Edmunds, commented: “This is the most important decision we will make during the life of this council and I’m very confident in the robustness of the plan. It’s now time to get it out to the public to get their views.”

His counterpart, lead member for the natural and built environment at Torridge District Council, Cllr Gaye Tabor, added: “It has been a pleasure working with North Devon on this plan. We have consulted and challenged as much as we can and have done our best to produce a plan that will stand the test of time.”

The plan is expected to be ready for six weeks of consultation starting at the end of May.

Other News Stories

44 minutes ago

Have fun but steer clear of trouble and drink driving, North Devon inspector warns festive party-goers

Read more
Yesterday, 09:00

Find out when Santa will be visiting Bideford, Barnstaple, Torrington, Northam, Appledore, Fremington, Yelland and Braunton.

Read more
Fri, 19:43

Guest had to break glass with his bare feet and barely escaped alive with his young son after Europa fire that revealed ‘a number of failings’

Read more
Fri, 16:35

Police are appealing for information after a woman in her 60s had to be cut from her car at junction of Abbotsham Road and Belvoir Road.

Read more
Fri, 16:00

The tractor, which still works today, was first bought in 1954 and is the inspiration behind a series of children’s books.

Read more
Fri, 14:51

Bishop Sarah Mullally visits centre as part of a three day tour of North Devon

Read more
Fri, 12:29

The force has confirmed it is investigating allegations in Devon and Cornwall of child sex abuse within football.

Read more
Fri, 12:12

A hearing will run next week in Northam to determine the future of Westward Ho! village green on Golf Links Road.

Read more
Fri, 10:43

School goes from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’ in just two years

Read more
Fri, 10:25

Find out what time the Christmas lights will be switched on in Bideford on Sunday, and what else you can expect throughout the day.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 4°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications