Local Plan Review

Local Plan Review

The Local Plan review and examination has now closed and the new Local Plan has now been adopted. You can find out more information on how we reviewed and adopted the Local Plan by using the drop down menu below.

For further information and examination documents please visit the Local Plan Examination page. You can also find the evidence base which sits behind the new Local Plan on the Core Documents page.

▼ Proposed Modifications Consultation

Consultation on the Modifications to Dartmoor's final draft Local Plan ran from 7th June 2021 until 19th July 2021. This consultation focused on the Modifications to the Plan the Inspector considers necessary to make the Plan 'sound'. It was the last public consultation on the Plan prior to adoption. You can follow the examination on our examination page.

> Schedule of Main Modifications

> Final Draft Local Plan with tracked changes

> Updated Policies Map

Consultation Quick Guide

Buckfastleigh Sites FAQs

▼ Timetable for the Local Plan Review

Following the consultation on the final draft Local Plan, we reviewed and responded to your comments. In September 2020 we submitted these to the Planning Inspectorate for examination, slightly later than intended. We have also recommended to the Planning Inspectorate that some minor modifications should be made to the Plan in line with the comments we received. Public hearings were held in March 2021 to discuss the soundness of the Plan. We are currently running a public consultation on the proposed modifications to the Plan and the comments received will be submitted to the Inspector to produce a final report. We aim to adopt the Plan by the end of the year.

Follow progress on the Local Plan examination here:

> Dartmoor Local Plan Review Examination

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

> The Local Development Scheme outlines the overall timeline for Local Plan production - this may need to be updated shortly to indicate when the Plan is expected to be adopted.

▼ Earlier consultations

As part of the Local Plan Review process, we have been carrying out research, talking with communities and reviewing policies since 2016.  Below is more information about the various phases of consultation to date:

Regulation 19 Consultation: Winter 2019

Consultation on Dartmoor's Regulation 19 final draft Local Plan ran from 16th September 2019 until 1st November 2019. This consultation showed how we had taken into account respondents' comments on the first consultation draft of the Local Plan. It was the last consultation on the Plan before it was submitted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate. You can follow the examination on our examination page.

> Dartmoor Local Plan 2018 - 2036: Final Draft (PDF 7mb)

> Dartmoor Local Plan 2018 -2036: Final Draft Track Changes (PDF 4mb)

> Interactive policies map

> Policies map (PDF 9mb)

A high resolution pdf policies map is available upon request.

Regulation 18 Consultation: Winter 2018/19

This was the first consultation on the draft Local Plan and the first time the proposed plan was published in its entirety. Residents, communities, visitors, businesses and other organisations shared their views on whether the draft plan appropriately responded to the issues identified in earlier consultation exercises or which have emerged in the interim.

As part of this consultation, we met more than 260 people across nine events, a great turnout that included members of the public, councillors, professionals, organisations and businesses.  All in all, we received 917 responses from 160 people and organisations, and you can view a summary of these responses below. This document provides an overview of the responses and it may not be possible to see individual comments.  You will be able to see in the next draft of the Local Plan (regulation 19) whether/how your comments have led to changes in the Plan.

> View Regulation 18 consultation summary of responses

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

Sites Consultation: Autumn / Winter 2017

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 our larger communities in the 8 Local Centres across Dartmoor to talk about development site options, and around 400 councillors and members of the public attended these meetings. 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

We consulted on an Issues Paper in Autumn 2016, asking residents, communities, visitors, businesses and other organisations to tell us what issues there are for future development on Dartmoor and how the Local Plan should address these. This included a programme of 15 events attended by approximately 350 people, and generated 1,717 individual written comments from 172 different individuals and organisations .  The Issues Consultation Paper below sets out the likely issues the new local plan will need to deal with, and our consultation summary report summarises the feedback we received.

Local plan review front cover

Issues Paper (October 2016)

> Issues consultation summary report

▼ 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:

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Policies Map

Conservation Areas