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Planning to help planners plan!

Jun 03, 2021

We’re going to be helping other councils to standardise key information for their local plans.

The team behind the Joint Local Plan at Plymouth City Council, South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council, has been selected to be part of the Pathfinder programme, looking at the digital transformation of local plans. 

The three councils will be working with Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to explore how site information and data can be standardised and testing how this may be translated into national standards. 

Councillor Judy Pearce, chair of the JLP Partnership Board said: “We are delighted to be one of the Government’s Pathfinders and explore how data can be used effectively in a more accessible, interactive and digital planning system.”

Strategic planning has changed enormously over the last few years, seeing a shift from long, printed documents to more interactive sites, all designed to make it simpler for developers, infrastructure providers as well as local people to see what land has been designated for what use over the next decade and beyond.

The pathfinder programme will look at standardising how information and data is collected.

Digital transformation of local plans is a key proposal within the Planning White Paper and is likely to be a significant adjustment for many local authorities.

Joanna Lee, Strategic Planning Manager added: “We are ahead of the game having produced a Joint Local Plan for Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon and are keen to get more information online and accessible.

“But there is the potential for an enormous amount of variation across all authorities, so it makes sense to work towards using the same information across the board.”

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Housing and employment factsheets now available

Mar 23, 2021

Detailed housing and employment factsheets are now available for Plymouth City Council as part of the monitoring work. Visit our Authorities Monitoring Report page for more information.

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Authorities Monitoring Report 2019/20 now published

Mar 04, 2021

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. The latest AMR covers the period 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020. 

Visit our Authorities Monitoring Report web page to view the 2019/20 Authorities Monitoring Report.

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Joint Local Plan Partnership Board AGM

Feb 17, 2021

If you are interested in understanding what the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan is and how it is delivering the adopted strategy, watch the Joint Local Plan Partnership Board AGM on Thursday, 25 February 2021 at 2.15pm.

This is the first AGM of the Board and all elected Members from across the three Local Planning Authorities of Plymouth City Council, South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council have been invited.  This is also the first meeting to be held in public, providing the opportunity for the public to watch and learn how the plan is working. 

This meeting will consider the latest Monitoring Report and progress made towards the key plan indicators.

The live stream will be hosted by South Hams and West Devon. You can watch the live streams using the links below:

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2020 Housing Delivery Test

Jan 20, 2021

The Joint Local Plan Authorities of Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon have scored 144% in the latest 2020 Housing Delivery Test that had just been published by the Government on GOV.UK. This represents an increase from 139% last year and confirms our very healthy housing delivery figures.

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