Joint Local Plan public examination continues this week

The economy, employment land, retail development and the three strategic growth areas of Plymouth are being discussed at the ongoing public examination into the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan.

Plymouth City Council, South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council submitted the draft plan to the Secretary of State in July and now planning inspectors Wendy Burden and Yvonne Wright are reviewing the details to decide whether or not it is sound.

The examination is hearing from people and organisations who are seeking changes to the plan.

The examination continues at the Ballroom, New Continental Hotel, Millbay Road, Plymouth.

Tuesday 6 February  

  •  AM (starts 9.30am) – the economy, including employment land need, retail development, shopping needs and other town centre uses

 Participants include the joint councils, Drake Circus Limited Partnership, Walker Developments

  •  PM (starts 2pm) – Policy area strategies looking at City Centre and Waterfront Growth

Participants include the joint councils, Defence Infrastructure Organisation, Hoe Neighbourhood Forum, Plymouth Trawler Agents, Sutton Holdings, Rotolok Ltd

 Wednesday 7 February  

  • AM (starts 9.30am) – Derriford and Northern Corridor Growth Area

Participants include the joint councils.

The Eastern Corridor Growth Area 

Participants include National Trust, Persimmons Homes and the Sherford New Community Consortium

Thursday 8 February

  • AM (starts 9.30am) – Housing delivery, with the Hoe Neighbourhood Forum and Sutton Harbour Holdings participating

 The third week of the public examination will begin on Tuesday 27 February.

For a full list of who is participating and other updates visit

Anyone can attend the hearings but only those who have made representations during the last consultation and have been invited to speak, can take part in the sessions.

Following the hearing sessions the examination will remain open until the inspectors’ report is submitted to the councils.