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Forward Planning - Planning Policy

Dartmoor National Park Authority is the Local Planning Authority for the whole of the National Park and has to prepare and maintain an up to date 'Local Plan' or Development Plan for the area.  The policies in the Local Plan are the basis for making decisions on planning applications in the National Park.  Other documents and plans at a local level such as Supplementary Planning Documents, and Community Plans are also important in linking with the Local Plan, and can also be relevant or 'material considerations' in decision making.

The Core Strategy and the Development Management DPD are together the 'local plan' for Dartmoor National Park.

Further information about the planning policy process, and a definition of some of the key terms used in planning documents, can be found in the Forward Planning FAQs and Glossary.

National Policy

Document Status Additional
NPPF-CoverNational Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) (external link, opens in new window) Current The NPPF was published in March 2012. The NPPF must be taken into account in the preparation of local and neighbourhood plans, and is a material consideration in planning decisions.

 The 'Local Plan' (Development Plan)

Document Status Additional Information
Core StrategyCore Strategy Adopted Adopted in April 2008, the Core Strategy is the principal document in the Development Plan, setting out the vision for development in the National Park and a strategy and policies to help meet that vision. It must be read together with the DMD for a complete picture of current policy.
DMD Adopted Version front coverDevelopment Management DPD(DMD) Adopted Adopted in July 2013, the 'DMD' contains detailed policies for making planning decisions and  identifies areas of land in the larger settlements that could provide for development in the future.  It must be read together with the Core Strategy for a complete picture of current policy.
DNP Local PlanMinerals Policies Saved policies in the Minerals Local Plan Dartmoor National Park Authority is the Minerals and Waste Planning Authority for the National Park.  Current policies are contained in the Minerals local Plan (part 4 of the 2004 Local Plan document) and Core Strategy.

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD)

Document Status Additional Information

Design Guide SPD (Draft Cover)

Design Guide

Adopted The Design Guide provides detailed guidance to carry forward the more general design and sustainable development policies of the Local Plan.

Affordable Housing

The Affordable Housing SPD will provide more detail or definition to support the delivery of affordable housing in the National Park.

This document was adopted by the Authority in April 2014.

Local Development Documents (LDD) 

Document Status Additional Information
Local Development SchemeLocal Development Scheme (LDS) Current The Local Development Scheme (LDS) sets out the timetable for the preparation of the Local Plan.
Statement of Community InvolvementStatement of
Community Involvement (SCI)
Current The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) sets out our plans for involving the public in preparing the Local Plan, and when considering planning applications.
DNP Annual Monitoring ReportAnnual Monitoring Report (AMR) Current The AMR sets out the progress against the Local Development Scheme (LDS), assesses the effectiveness of the policies in the Local Plan.

Community Led Planning

Document Additional Information
South Brent Parish PlanCommunity Led Planning Community plans such as Parish Plans and Neighbourhood Plans play an important role in setting out community aspirations, and can be relevant or 'material' considerations in planning decisions.

How can you get involved?

All of the documents which form part of the development plan will be available on this web site.  

Each element of the development plan (other than the Local Development Scheme, and Annual Monitoring Report) will be subject to public consultation.  At each stage of consultation the Authority will follow the procedure set out in the Statement of Community Involvement.  Opportunity will be given for those who wish to make representations of support or objection to the Authority to do so, and for those representations to be sent electronically to the Authority if you wish.  Further details of all consultation will appear on the planning pages of the Authority's web site at the appropriate time, you can keep informed of current consultations by following the Dartmoor National Park Authority on Twitter and subscribing to Dartmoor National Park Authority news.

Page last updated: 05 Sep 2014
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