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 going through the process of reviewing it. Visit the Examination page for more information on the ongoing Examination.
Proposed Modifications Consultation
After undertaking a series of consultations and revisions, the Local Plan is currently at examination. This is the final stage before we adopt the Plan. The purpose of the examination is to consider whether the Local Plan meets legal requirements and is ‘sound’.
We recently consulted on modifications that the Inspector has determined are necessary to make the plan sound. The consultation ended on 19th July 2021.
The following guidance provides some further information on the consultation:
Details of previous consultations can also be found in the drop down menus below.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Sites Consultation: Autumn / Winter 2017
In summer 2017 we invited Parish and Town Councils to comment on a set of Settlement Profiles we prepared.
Issues Paper: Autumn 2016
> Issues Paper (October 2016)
We often publish newsletters to update you on how the Local Plan review is progressing. All the newsletters we have published are provided below:
- Local Plan Newsletter 5 (August 2019)
- Local Plan Newsletter 4 (April 2019)
- Local Plan Newsletter 3 (September 2018)
- Local Plan Newsletter 2 (April 2018)
- Local Plan Newsletter 1 (October 2017)
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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.