The Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan has been adopted!

Mar 28, 2019

The Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan has now been adopted! To find out more please visit

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Comment on ‘main modifications’ to Joint Local Plan

Oct 23, 2018

People across Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon will be getting another chance to comment on changes made to the area’s Joint Local Plan.

A number of ‘modifications’ have been suggested by planning inspectors following the examination hearings between January and March this year.

The Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan is in its final stages of preparation. The inspectors issued a formal post hearing advice note in August which set out a number of modifications they considered would be necessary to make the Joint Local Plan sound.

The JLP councils are consulting on the changes, known as ‘Main Modifications’ and will forward any responses to the inspectors for their consideration. 

They include for Plymouth and its urban fringe some changes to the way greenspaces are protected by policies in the plan.

In South Hams and West Devon the changes include the removal of ‘settlement boundaries’ (these will now be detailed in a new document which will be consulted on last year) and changes to polices that deal with development in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The consultation starts today Monday (22 October) with people and organisations invited to comment on a ‘schedule of main modifications’ to the Joint Local Plan.

There is also a schedule of additional modifications and a schedule of map modifications (which show changes to the policies map). These additional modifications are changes which are not required to make the plan sound, but to correct inaccuracies or improve the plan. Comments received on these schedules will be considered by the councils, but not the inspectors.

A number of background documents have been updated to take account of the main modifications.

Comments can only be made on the ‘main modifications’ proposed to be made to the JLP.  All documents and details, including times and dates of drop-in sessions for the public are on our website here:

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The JLP Councils have now received the post hearing advice note

Aug 16, 2018

The JLP Councils have now received the post hearing advice note (EXC15).

Please note that the Inspectors have indicated that they are not inviting, nor are anticipating accepting, any comments on this advice note from any parties other than the joint Councils.

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Hearing sessions now closed

Apr 26, 2018

The hearing sessions are now closed, so the Inspectors will only request additional information that they consider to be essential to inform their consideration of soundness or legal compliance issues. They will not be accepting any unsolicited material or further statements from participants in the examination.

At the close of the hearings the Inspectors asked the Councils to supply to them by 13 April 2018 any outstanding information and a list of potential main modifications to the Joint Local Plan. The Inspectors indicated that they may set out interim findings at a date to be confirmed. Please continue checking the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan: Examination page for all updates.

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Revised dates and venues for the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan examination hearings

Mar 07, 2018

Following the recent postponement of hearing sessions due to bad weather, please see the latest revision of the Inspectors' Draft Hearing Programme V5 (EXC8D) on our Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan: Examination page. This programme contains details of the rearranged Matters 8E (Wednesday 21 March) and 8F (Thursday 22 March) and a minor amendment to the timing of the Matter 12 hearing.

For practical purposes it has been decided by the JLP Councils to hold all Week 4 hearings in Plymouth at the New Continental Hotel. The Inspectors have agreed to this suggestion.

The JLP Councils considered whether hearings could be held in Tavistock, Totnes and Plymouth, but felt that moving all of the Examination Library, documents and other equipment between three venues over three days would be impractical. The Councils therefore decided to hold the hearings in Plymouth as an easily accessible location and to make arrangements to webcast the hearings so that members of the public can observe the sessions without travelling to Plymouth. The Councils will also investigate whether it will be possible to also show the hearings in rooms at Kilworthy House in Tavistock and Follaton House in Totnes. More details on these arrangements will follow when they are available.

If you have any queries about these arrangements, please email or or call 01752 305477.

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