Local Development Scheme

Greater Exeter Strategic Plan

Greater Exeter Strategic Plan (GESP) will cover the local planning authority areas of East Devon, Exeter, Mid Devon and Teignbridge (i.e. those Councils’ administrative areas excluding Dartmoor National Park). It will be prepared jointly by those four local planning authorities with the support of Devon County Council under Section 28 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act. It will:

  • set an overall vision and strategy for the development of the area in the context of national and other high level policy
  • include overarching, cross-boundary and strategic targets, policies and proposals for development and conservation
  • guide the overall level and distribution of development
  • make strategic development and infrastructure proposals
  • contain other strategic policies necessary to implement the vision and strategy
  • cover the period to 2040

Once adopted it will supersede specified strategic parts of the East Devon Local Plan, Exeter Core Strategy, Exeter Local Plan, Mid Devon Local Plan (once adopted), Teignbridge Local Plan and any other Development Plan Documents as necessary.

The preparation timetable is as follows:

  • February 2017 – Issues consultation
  • January 2018 – consultation on draft plan

Since our last Local Development Scheme was approved, there have been a number of factors which have delayed GESP plan production. These include the fact that a great many sites were submitted through the Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment ‘call for sites’ and these are being carefully assessed as well as further draft changes to national Government planning policy and a wish to investigate differing ways to ensure we can secure the best forms of development, including the highest quality new housing with supporting facilities, to meet our future needs. Accordingly, it is now likely that the Draft GESP will be published in November 2019. The Local Development Scheme will be updated shortly.

Teignbridge Local Plan First Review

The Local Plan was adopted in 2014 and provides full local plan coverage (excluding Minerals and Waste policies) for the Local Planning Authority area, ie the Teignbridge Council area excluding Dartmoor. The Local Plan First Review will update and amend the adopted Local Plan and roll it forward to cover the period to 2040. It will be in general conformity with the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan and will supplement its contents with additional policies and proposals of a generally non-strategic nature such as

  • more detailed or specific visions or strategies for settlements
  • development management policies
  • development allocations and infrastructure proposals
  • regeneration and conservation proposals
  • other policies and proposals as necessary

Once adopted it will supersede specified policies and proposals of the Local Plan. The Local Plan is likely to be fully superseded by a combination of the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan and Teignbridge Local Plan First Alteration.

The preparation timetable is as follows, subject to formal approval of the Local Development Scheme and successful achievement of the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan timetable

  • September 2019 – Consultation on Options Report
  • March 2020 – Consultation on draft plan
  • April 2021 – Publication (Proposed Submission)
  • March 2022 – Submission
  • June 2022 – Inspector’s Hearings
  • December 2022 – Adoption


When this content has been updated

Last updated 31 January 2019