10. Disproportionate burden
Local Plan documents
There is a significant amount of documentation relating to the delivery of Local Plan sites and the Teignbridge Local Plan Review. This documentation includes legal environmental reports (which contain extensive tables and cannot be reasonably converted to an accessible format), policy maps, and long plans which would take considerable time to convert. We do not have the capacity to undertake this work internally and as such would require the work to be done by an external provider. The cost associated with this is £26,600 + VAT.
In addition, forthcoming changes to the planning system are likely to mean that some of documents in their current format will not be subject to further scrutiny and may be obsolete within the next year. As such, whilst all of this documentation must remain available on our website for legal purposes, the consultations on the documents are now closed and it is considered that the limited demand going forward for viewing the documents is not proportionate to the time and significant cost it would take to convert them into an accessible format.
As has always been the case with Local Plan documentation, should anyone request that a document is provided in an accessible format then we are happy to do so. We are committed to making the Local Plan process as accessible and transparent as possible and in line with the Accessibility Regulations will ensure that all future publications are provided in an accessible format.