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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Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon residents given greater say in planning their community

Mar 22, 2022

Residents will be able to use innovative digital tools to have a greater say on planning and regeneration in their area the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) announced today (Monday 21 March).  

Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon have been awarded £285,000 under the PropTech Engagement Fund and is one of 28 projects across England selected to adopt new digital technology to make the planning process more open, engaging and accessible to local communities. 

The funding will be used to produce a set of interactive maps for residents to identify what future infrastructure is needed in their local area, to ensure communities have a great influence on planning policies and delivery plans 

Modernising the planning system and using digital technology will help increase community participation in local decision making, including underrepresented groups such as renters and those from black and ethnic minority groups. By empowering communities and giving local people greater say in shaping their neighbourhoods, towns and cities in this way supports the government’s efforts to level up across the country. 

Read more about the PropTech Engagement Fund on GOV.UK: New digital tools to help residents have their say on local developments

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Joint Local Plan Partnership Board Annual General Meeting February 2022

Mar 02, 2022

The JLP Partnership Board Annual General Meeting was held on 21 February and is available to view on YouTube

The Board unanimously agreed to:

  • Approve the Authorities Monitoring Report 2020/21 for publication on the websites.
  • Approve for the purposes of public consultation the Climate Emergency Planning Policy and Guidance Consultation Document.
  • Agree transitionary arrangements that the Climate Emergency Planning Policy and Guidance will only take effect once adopted.
  • Approve the use of this process to also consult on the inclusion in the Local Validation Lists of the Councils, of a requirement for planning applicants to submit a Statement of Compliance with the planning application.

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Your views on plans for climate change measures in all new development

Mar 02, 2022

Features such as solar panels, ground or air source heat pumps and electric vehicle charging facilities will be fitted as standard on all new homes and commercial buildings under proposals being put forward in the draft Plymouth and South West Devon Climate Emergency Planning Policy and Guidance.

Other measures will see more habitat and green space designed into developments, which increases biodiversity and brings health and wellbeing benefits to residents. These measures will also go some way to mitigate against rising global temperatures.

We’ve launched a consultation to get the views of residents, campaigners and developers across the area about the proposals, which if approved, could come into effect as early as June.

The proposals would apply to all new planning applications for all new buildings, including some extensions across the Joint Local Plan area – an area covering 2,126 square kilometres, with a population of 401,567.

Since 2014, across the area, around 10,000 new homes have been built and around 14,700 have planning consent with 1,474 currently under construction.  The new measures, if they get the green light, would apply to new planning applications only.

Most of these measures will soon be a requirement under the Government’s new building regulations, and will have to be included in new development.  This means the costs will soon be non-negotiable and all three councils are keen to ensure that affordable homes in particular have these features fitted as standard. 

Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon already work closely together through the Joint Local Plan and councillors across each of the local authorities have signed up to this new policy proposal.

The climate emergency planning policy and guidance consultation will run for seven weeks from midday on Thursday 3 March 2022 until Thursday 21 April 2022.

Get involved in the climate conversation and visit by 21 April 2022 to let us have your views. 

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