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
  • June 2019 - Draft Policies and Site Options
  • Nov 2019 - Full Draft Plan
  • Feb 2021 - Proposed Submission (Regulation 19)
  • July 2021 - Submit Plan
  • September 2021 - Examine Plan
  • April 2022 - Adopt Plan

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 The Local Plan is likely to be fully superseded by a combination of the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan and Teignbridge Local Plan First Review.

The preparation timetable is as follows, subject to successful achievement of the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan timetable:

  • May 2018 - Issues consultation (Regulation 18) (Complete)
  • March 2020 - Draft Plan
  • April 2021 - Proposed Submission (Regulation 19)
  • March 2022 - Submit Plan
  • June 2022 - Examine Plan
  • Dec 2022 - Adopt Plan

Wolborough Development Plan Document

The Teignbridge Local Plan allocates land at Wolborough for a mixed use development including at least 1500 homes. The Wolborough DPD would draw on new and existing evidence to address matters that could include:

  • Streets and movement
  • Design principles
  • Density and main land uses
  • Landscape and green infrastructure
  • Greater Horseshoe Bat design framework and parameters
  • Wolborough fen monitoring and mitigation
  • Heritage and associated design responses
  • Infrastructure delivery

The DPD would contain new planning policies that could be used to guide development within the NA3 allocation. Once adopted, these would have a significant bearing on future planning decisions, whether associated with ‘outline’ (principle of development) or ‘reserved matters’ (detailed scheme elements) planning applications.

The preparation timetable is as follows:

  • July 2019 – Issues and Draft Plan (Regulation 18)
  • January 2020 – Proposed Submission (Regulation 19)
  • May 2020 – Submit Plan
  • August 2020 – Examine Plan
  • December 2020 – Adopt Plan


When this content has been updated

Last updated 29 March 2019