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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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2020 Housing Position Statement Published

Jan 04, 2021

The Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon Local Planning Authorities’ Housing Position Statement 2020 has now been published and is available on the Plymouth City Council website.

This demonstrates, at the end of March 2020, that the Joint Local Plan is on track to deliver its housing requirement: 

  • Just 6 years into the 20 year period 89% of the whole plan housing requirement has either been delivered, is under construction or has planning consent 
  • The combined authorities have a 6.1 year housing land supply 
  • The trajectory shows there are 15,232 dwellings that either have consent or are under construction; the equivalent of 11 years’ worth of annualised housing requirement

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Joint Local Plan newsletter

Nov 23, 2020

We’ve just sent out our first Joint Local Plan newsletter. In this first edition we covered the following topics:

  • The adoption of the Plymouth and South West Devon Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and the Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)
  • The Local Green Space Development Plan postponement due to COVID-19
  • An update on national planning consultations
  • The planning regulations amendments in response to COVID-19

PDF icon Joint Local Plan newsletter 1 (296KB, PDF)

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Response to the Planning White Paper 2020

Nov 05, 2020

This document sets out the joint response from the authorities responsible for the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan; Plymouth City, South Hams District and West Devon Borough Council’s. Whilst there are two responses to this consultation from the JLP Councils, they reflect the impact of the proposed changes, some of which are different in the rural and urban elements of the JLP area. The response from Plymouth City Council is endorsed by South Hams and West Devon Councils and vice versa.

We have responded to each question asked in the White Paper, where appropriate.

We have also commented upon parts of the White Paper where no specific question was identified.

We would be very happy to meet with Ministers and Government officials to help improve and guide the detail of the proposals set out in the White Paper. We note that the task force behind the ideas included in the White Paper did not include any local authority representative, which to us seems a glaring omission given that local government will be crucial to the successful implementation of a new planning system. We can offer the experience many years of high quality engagement with the planning process from a local authority perspective.

PDF icon Joint response on behalf of the PSWD JLP to 'Planning for the Future' White Paper [PDF, 468KB]

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COVID-19 update

Nov 02, 2020

The JLP Partnership Board have recently met and agreed to pause the following projects due to the effect of COVID-19 on the Council’s budget:

We now have the opportunity to consider the future of this work in the context of the recently announced panning reforms and will keep you informed of the next stages of the process.

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