Local Plan Review

The local plan guides future development in the National Park and is the starting point when we make decisions on planning applications. A lot has changed since we adopted our current local plan and we are now going through the process of reviewing it.

We are consulting on a draft new local plan for Dartmoor between 3 December 2018 and 4 February 2019. You can download the draft plan and find out how to comment below.

Draft local plan cover

> Dartmoor Local Plan 2018 - 2033: First Draft (Regulation 18 consultation)

> Online comment form

> View supporting evidence in our background evidence section

▼ Viewing the draft Local Plan

Draft local plan cover

Download the first draft Local Plan in full:

> Dartmoor Local Plan 2018 - 2033: First Draft (10mb)*

Download the first draft Local Plan in smaller sections:

> Chapter 1 and 2 (2mb)

> Chapter 3, 4, 5 and 6 (3mb)

> Chapter 7 and Appendices (3mb)*

Policies Map

> Interactive policies map

> PDF policies map

A high resolution pdf policies map is available upon request.

Where to view the Plan

During the consultation, printed copies of the Local Plan and accompanying documents are available to view at the following locations:

> Libraries: Ashburton, Bovey Tracey, Buckfastleigh, Chagford, Ivybridge, Moretonhampstead, Okehampton, Princetown and Tavistock.

> Dartmoor Visitor Centres: Haytor, Princetown and Postbridge.

> Visitor Information Centres: Ashburton and Moretonhampstead.

> Local Authority Headquarters: Dartmoor (Parke), South Hams (Follaton House), Teignbridge (Forde House), West Devon (Kilworthy), Devon (County Hall).

> Parish and Town Council Offices: of Town and Parish Councils falling within or partly within Dartmoor National Park.  Where your local Parish or Town Council does not have a designated office, please contact the Clerk directly  to discuss viewing the plan.

* 4pm 03/12/18 Please note this version was updated from that uploaded at 9am 03/12/18 to include Map 7.24 Mary Tavy

▼ Commenting on the draft Local Plan

Commenting on the draft Local Plan

Comments can be submitted any time from 3rd December 2018 until 4th February 2019, by completing our online comment form:

> Online comment form

Alternatively you can download and complete the paper comment form and return it to us by email or post

To consider your views we must receive comments in writing by 5pm on 4th February 2019.

As part of this consultation, we are running some public drop-in events where you can come and ask us questions about the new Local Plan and the consultation.

Public Drop-in Events

We will be holding 4 public drop-in events in December throughout the National Park where you can come and have a chat with us about the Local Plan, how to comment and how it might affect you:

> South East Dartmoor: Ashburton Christmas Fayre, Thursday 6th December 2018, 4pm - 7pm

> South West Dartmoor: Meeting Room, Yelverton War Memorial Hall, Tuesday 11th December 2018, 3pm – 6pm

> North Dartmoor: Whiddon Down Village Hall, Thursday 13th December 2018, 3pm – 6pm

> East Dartmoor: Moretonhampstead Community Club, Tuesday 18th December 2018, 3pm – 6pm

In addition to public drop in events, we are also organising various Local Plan workshops for Parish Councils, local organisations and professionals.

> The Statement of Community Involvement tells you how you can get involved with the Local Plan Review, and other aspects of planning on Dartmoor

▼ Timetable for the Local Plan Review

Following the consultation on the draft local plan, we will review your comments and make necessary alterations. 

In autumn 2019 we will publish an updated draft local plan and invite you to comment on this.

We will once again review your comments and revise the plan, and then submit this plan, together with your comments, for examination by the planning inspectorate in 2020. 

Following a successful examination we will adopt and start using the plan to determine planning applications.

> Local plan timeline diagram

> The Local Development Scheme outlines the overall timeline for Local Plan production

▼ Earlier consultations

Whilst this is the first formal draft of the Local Plan. we have been in the process of carrying out research, talking with communities and reviewing policies since 2016. We consulted on an Issues Paper in Autumn 2016. We’ve held 15 events attended by approximately 350 people, and received 1,717 individual written comments from 172 different individuals and organisations. In summer 2017 we invited Parish and Town Councils to comment on a set of Settlement Profiles we prepared. In autumn/winter 2017 we met with the Parish/Town Councils covering the 8 current Local Centres, in public, to discuss sites options. Around 400 councillors and members of the public attended these meetings.

Sites Consultation: Autumn / Winter 2017

In autumn/winter 2017 we met with our larger communities to talk about development site options. Thank you to everyone who came along - see our consultation summary report. These meetings were informed by evidence from our Land Availability Assessment which established a theoretical pool of sites which could, in technical terms, be developed. We have written a housing sites quick guide to help explain the process we will follow for allocating a site for development, the guide identifies where there will be opportunities to comment further.

Issues Paper: Autumn 2016

The first consultation of the Local Plan Review in October 2016 offered residents, communities, visitors, businesses and other organisations an opportunity to tell us what issues there are for future development on Dartmoor and how the Local Plan should address these. The Issues Consultation Paper set out the likely issues the new local plan will need to deal with. Our consultation summary report summarises the feedback we received. 

Local plan review front cover

Issues Paper (October 2016)

▼ Newsletters

We often publish newsletters to update you on how the Local Plan review is progressing. All the newsletters we have published are provided below:

You can keep up to date on progress by: 

> Reading our latest Local Plan Newsletter

> Emailing us at forwardplanning@dartmoor.gov.uk to be added to the Local Plan consultee list  

> Following us on Twitter @DartmoorPlan or Facebook /DartmoorPlan