Local Development Scheme update

Mar 15, 2024

Following the publication of our Five Year Review Report, you can find an update on our Local Development Scheme by following the relevant links:

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5 Year Review Report now published

Mar 15, 2024

The Joint Local Plan (JLP) was adopted on 26 March 2019 and is five years old as of March 2024.

There is a national policy requirement that a local planning authority must complete a review of their Local Plan at least every five years of their plan period. The purpose of the five-year review of JLP is to ensure that a plan and its policies, that set the strategic context for development to 2034, remain effective and establish whether evidence suggests the plan may need updating.

The constituent Councils of the JLP have now carried out an assessment of the JLP, in accordance with national policy, guidance and legislation. The outcome of this assessment is set out in The Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan Five Year Review Report 2024.

Find the report on our Adopted Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan web page.

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Authorities Monitoring Report 2022/23 now published

Mar 04, 2024

The Authorities Monitoring Report (AMR) sets out key information on the delivery of the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan. It is produced annually and sets out progress against the indicators which are set out in Annex 2 of the Joint Local Plan.

Visit our Authorities Monitoring Report web page to view the 2022/23 Authorities Monitoring Report.

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Climate Emergency Planning Statement has been adopted

Dec 01, 2022

The Plymouth and South West Devon Climate Emergency Planning Statement has now been adopted by the three Councils covering the Joint Local Plan area.

All planning applications submitted from 1 December 2022 will be considered against the mitigation and adaptation requirements set out in the Climate Emergency Planning Statement.

The document is available on our climate emergency planning web page and a new interactive webtool is available to help applicants understand what is required.

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Be part of the conversation about planning in your neighbourhood

Jul 29, 2022

We know habits are changing all the time and we want to capture this by testing a new digital platform to help plan for the future. We want residents to give their views on where they live, what they think about their neighbourhoods and the facilities and services available to them. 

My Place, My Views consists of a simple survey and interactive map, which will ask people how they feel about:

  • Their local facilities, services and open spaces
  • The types of places they like most and why
  • Using online services
  • The places they would like to see change in the next five to ten years.

My Place, My Views is funded by the Government as part of their digital planning and levelling up agenda. 

The team responsible for the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan is looking at a quicker, bite-size approach to gathering views and opinion. We want to make it easier for people to get involved in planning. The information residents share will help shape important future conversations about the Joint Local Plan and boost our understanding of priorities in your areas.

To take part in the survey and drop a pin on our interactive map visit

The survey will be open for comments until 5pm on 17 October 2022 .

Councillor Judy Pearce, Chair of the Joint Local Plan Partnership Board said “We want as many people as possible across Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon to take part in this survey. The more people who take part, the more we will understand how you feel about the areas you live in and what changes you may want to see in the future for our city, towns, villages and countryside.”

Anyone who fills out the survey can opt into a raffle with gift vouchers of up to £100 as prizes. These can be spent across a range of dining, entertainment and experiences across the South Hams, West Devon and Plymouth. Two prizes are up for grabs in each of the authority areas.

You can also sign up to any future conversations around the Joint Local Plan via the new platform or email or be added to our database.

Members of the project team will also be out and about throughout the summer if you want to talk to them or if you are having trouble filling out the survey. We will be publishing the schedule of events on our social media in the next few weeks.

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