Neighbourhood Plans focus on very local areas, and are produced by communities with Parish and Town Councils (formally designated as a ‘Forum’), with the assistance of the Council. Policies included in neighbourhood plans will need to be related to the use of land in the area, or to spatial matters (i.e. aspects that affect how a place works). When adopted, they will form part of the overall development plan for Torbay and be used to consider all planning applications in that area, in the context of the Local Plan.

In Torbay, there are three neighbourhood forums (Torquay, Paignton and Brixham Peninsula).

Neighbourhood Plan Examinations

An Independent Examiner (Deborah McCann) has been appointed for both the Paignton and Brixham Peninsula Neighbourhood Plans. A separate Independent Examiner (Nigel McGurk) has been appointed for the Torquay Neighbourhood Plan. The Examinations have now commenced (April 2018).

The independent Examiner of the Paignton Neighbourhood Plan (PNP) (Mrs. Deborah McCann), having read the plan, supporting documents and representations, considered that it would be helpful to her examination to hold an Exploratory Meeting as advised in the NPIERS Neighbourhood Planning Guidance  Opens in a new window on Thursday 10th May an audio file of meeting is available on the PNP webpage and a transcript is also available. Mrs. McCann does not currently propose to hold an Exploratory Meeting/Public Hearing for the Brixham Peninsula Neighbourhood Plan.

The Independent Examiner of the Torquay Neighbourhood Plan (TNP) (Mr. Nigel McGurk), held a Public Hearing on Monday 14 May 2018; an audio file of the Hearing is available on the TNP web page. Please see the respective Neighbourhood Plan webpages for further details.

Please note that further, late representations have been submitted on the Neighbourhood Plans. If you wish to view the representations submitted on each of the Neighbourhood Plans as part of the submission consultation (from Wednesday 1 November 2017 to Monday 18 December 2017), please see the Submission Neighbourhood Plans Representations page

Torbay Council has asked Plymouth City Council to provide some resources to help in the running of the Neighbourhood Plan processes.  Mr. Tom Westrope has been appointed as the Independent Examination Programme Officer (email: to help administer the Examination process for all three Neighbourhood Plans.