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.

Subject to final Member approval on 6 September 2019, the final draft Dartmoor Local Plan (Regulation 19) will then be published for public consultation from 16 September - 1 November 2019. You will be able to view and comment on the Plan on this page or at libraries, Parish Councils and visitor centres across Dartmoor. You will also be able to chat with us about the Plan and how it might affect you at our public drop-in events:

  • Buckfastleigh - Town Hall.  19 September 4pm - 7pm
  • Horrabridge - Village Hall.  24 September 4pm - 7pm
  • Chagford - Endecott House.  26 September 4pm - 7pm
  • South Brent - Old School Community Centre.  1 October 4pm - 7pm

The previous (Regulation 18) draft Local Plan can still be viewed in the drop down box below entitled 'first draft (Regulation 18) consultation', and all supporting evidence can be viewed in our background evidence section.

Sign up to our Local Plan Review Mailing List to be kept informed about the Local Plan Review.

▼ The first draft (Regulation 18) consultation

Consultation on Dartmoor's Regulation 18 draft local plan ended on 4th February 2019, and we have published a summary of responses below. All comments received during the consultation have been read, logged, and are being considered. 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) how/whether your comments have led to changes in the Plan. We hope to publish the revised draft Local Plan in Autumn 2019.

View regulation 18 consultation summary of responses

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Download the first draft Local Plan in full:

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

Download the first draft Local Plan in smaller sections:

> Chapter 1 and 2 (PDF 2mb)

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

> Chapter 7 and Appendices (PDF 3mb)*

Policies Map

> Interactive policies map

> Policies map (PDF 3mb)

A high resolution pdf policies map is available upon request.

▼ Viewing and commenting on the Plan

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.

> 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. 

Commenting on the Plan

This final draft Local Plan has been prepared over 3 years, informed by 3 periods of extensive public consultation, and is based on substantial evidence and research. At this final consultation stage it is therefore important that comments proposing changes to the Local Plan are specific, succinct and supported by evidence.  

During the consultation, you will be able to comment on the Plan by completing our online comment form, downloading the comment form in word and returning to forwardplanning@dartmoor.gov.uk, or completing a paper comment form at one of the locations below and returning by post.

▼ 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

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 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. 

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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:

Sign up to our Local Plan Review Mailing List to receive these newsletters and be kept informed about the Local Plan Review.

You can keep up to date on progress by:

> Reading our latest Local Plan Newsletter

> Sign up to our Local Plan Review Mailing List to be kept informed about the Local Plan Review.

> Following us on Twitter @DartmoorPlan or Facebook /DartmoorPlan