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November 2021

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Published on 12 November 2021

Sustainable power generation key part of local plan consultation

Bank of solar panels

A major milestone is reached on Monday (15 November) in the delivery of the Council’s commitment to reduce the district’s carbon footprint when environmentally sustainable power generation options are launched for consultation as part of the Local Plan review. 

The proposals come two years after the Council signed the Devon Climate Declaration - a commitment to working with Devon’s residents and businesses to use more renewable energy sources.

At the end of the review process in 2024, the updated Local Plan will set out the site allocations and policies essential for the delivery of low carbon energy generation, providing greater certainty for power generators and distributors investing in the infrastructure required to decarbonise the electricity supply grid and help us combat climate change.

For an extended period of 10 weeks, local people will have their chance to support the plans to combat climate change by commenting on possible sites for wind turbines as well as on the approach to be taken on solar PV development throughout the district.

Executive Member for Planning Cllr Gary Taylor emphasised how important it was to identify sites for renewable energy delivery.  “If we are to achieve our net zero goal we need to deliver more low-carbon electricity. Right now, we are not making the most of our natural wind and solar resources and we must do more if we are to protect our environment better. It is a subject close to many people’s hearts, so it is important that we hear from local residents about the possible sites and policies as set out in this Local Plan consultation.”

Local people are also being asked for their views on small sites for residential development and a potential site for gypsy and travellers’ pitches.

The consultation identifies 27 small sites which could be developed to meet the government’s requirement to accommodate at least 10% of our housing needs on sites no larger than one hectare and which can typically accommodate 25–50 homes. 

Cllr Taylor said: “Small residential sites can make a considerable contribution to delivering local housing targets and provide a boost to the local economy.  We need to hear from local people which ones they think would work best.”

The third element of the consultation is to seek views on a site near Ashburton that has been identified to accommodate gypsy and traveller pitches in line with national requirements.

Following the large number of responses generated during the two previous online Local Plan consultations, the Council is again running consultation online and has extended it to 10 weeks to offset any time lost due to the festive period.

From noon on Monday (15 November), the consultation documents and the online feedback survey can be accessed at A 'need to know' document highlighting the main issues will also be available.

Throughout the consultation, paper copies can be viewed at our Forde House offices, local libraries and Town and Parish Council offices.  People can also send their comments by email to or if they don’t have internet access can write to the council.