Local Plan Review 2020 - 2040

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1. Current Local Plan: Overview

What is the Local Plan?

Our Local Plan sets out the policies, proposals and actions for us to meet the environmental, social and economic challenges facing the area up to 2033. It runs from 2013 - 2033 and was adopted on 6 May 2014.

Why is the Plan being reviewed?

  • requirement by law to review the Plan every 5 years
  • ensures the Local Plan is up to date and reflects the changing needs of the area
  • studies will be carried out into housing, employment, transport, flooding, infrastructure capabilities, settlement boundaries, leisure and recreation
  • the end date of the Plan will be extended to 2040 to bring it in line with the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan (GESP)
  • an ‘out-of-date’ Local Plan could be superseded by National Policy
  • this would mean that a presumption in favour of sustainable development would apply and development could occur on land not identified in the Local Plan 

Timescale for Review

  • the consultation period has closed and ran from 9am, Monday 21 May 2018 until 5pm, Monday 16 July 2018
  • the preparation timetable for the Local Plan review is currently as follows:
      • March 2020 – Consultation on draft Plan
      • April 2021 – Publication (proposed submission)
      • March 2022 – Submission
      • June 2022 – Inspector’s Hearings
      • December 2022 - Adoption

How to get involved

Although the opportunity to comment on the Issues Paper and accompanying documents has closed, there will be further opportunity to make comments on the draft Plan, when it is published for consultation in March 2020.

How will your information be used?

  • all comments received in writing (including email) during the consultation period are currently being considered and we will produce a Consultation Statement (a document setting out the main issues raised and how these will inform the preparation of the Draft Plan).
  • please note that any comments received through Twitter or Facebook have not been considered formal representation for the purpose of this consultation
  • information provided will only be used by us for the purposes of the Local Plan Review
  • anyone submitting information will have their personal data held in a secure database used for planning policy consultation purposes only