Public examination for Joint Local Plan to start next week



Some of the key issues to affect life in Plymouth and the surrounding areas will come under the scrutiny of planning inspectors over the coming weeks.

A public examination is due to start on Tuesday 30 January to look at the detail of the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan, which sets out how our cities, towns and villages could grow and prosper in years to come.

The plan was submitted last July by Plymouth City Council, South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council to the Secretary of State. Now it is up to planning inspectors Wendy Burden and Yvonne Wright to review the plan and decide whether or not it is sound.

The examination which will run over several weeks will hear from people and organisations who have responded to the Joint Local Plan but are seeking changes to the plan submitted by the three councils.

The Joint Local Plan covers a population of 401,567 and an area of 2,126 square kilometres.  In Plymouth, 175 sites have been allocated in the plan for mixed use, housing, retail, employment, sports, strategic greenspaces or other uses.

A total of 115 sites are allocated for housing across the whole plan area, including
• Dartmouth – 550 homes and 0,800 sqm employment space.
• Ivybridge – 1,079 homes and 10,400 sqm employment space
• Kingsbridge – 395 homes; 3,300 sqm employment space
• Okehampton – 775 homes; 87,500 sqm employment space
• Tavistock – 1,143 homes; 18,600 sqm employment space
• Totnes – 529 homes; 8,200 sqm employment space

Smaller towns and key villages earmarked for a further 907 homes and 52,000 sqm employment space, the overall plan looks at providing 26,700 new homes, of which 19,000 are within the Plymouth Policy Area..

Organisations from Highways England to parish councils and local community groups all submitted comments across sites and policies from inner city green space to village housing developments.

The examination will start on Tuesday 30 January and run for several weeks; most sessions will be held at the Ballroom, New Continental Hotel, Millbay Road, Plymouth. There will be hearings in South Hams and West Devon and more details will be available nearer the time.

Tuesday 30 January
•    AM – compliance with statutory procedures, and legal matters and spatial planning
Participants include the joint councils, Devon County Council, Dartmoor National Park Authority, RSPB, Persimmon Homes, Heynes Planning
•   PM – Housing: exploring assessed need, the spatial strategy or housing – but not site allocations.
Participants include the joint councils, Home Builders Federation, the Modbury Society, South West Strategic Developments

Wednesday 31 January
•   AM – Housing session continued
Thursday 1 February
•   AM – Housing session continued
•   PM – Transport and Infrastructure – including the Plymouth airport site
Participants include the joint councils, FlyPlymouth. Sutton Harbour Holdings

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.