Torbay Council

Cookie Policy

New Local Plan

Torbay Local Plan - 'A landscape for success: The Plan for Torbay  - 2012 to 2032 and beyond'

Proposed Submission Plan

The Proposed Submission Version of the new Torbay Local Plan is published for consultation from 9.00am Monday 24 February to 9.00am Monday 7 April 2014.  Please note that this was a formal stage of the consultation process and representations must have been received by 9.00am on Monday 7 April 2014 in order for them to be taken into account. Comments can be made via the Online Consultation Portal opens in a new window or using the Representation Form below. You will need to fill out and submit a separate copy of the form for each representation you make.
Word Document - Torbay Local Plan Representation Form

PLEASE NOTE that this consultation has now closed.
This page will be updated in due course to provide further details on timescales relating to the formal submission of the local plan.
The Local Plan and associated Sustainability Appraisal, Habitats Regulations Assessment documents and a statement of consultation so far, can be viewed or downloaded via the Council’s Online Consultation Portal opens in a new window free of charge. PDFs of the Local Plan and all related documents are available from the Supporting Documents opens in a new window tab of the online Local Plan consultation event. The interactive Policies Map opens in a new window is also available online, with pdf downloads available at the top of the map page. The Statement of Representations Procedure and Availability of Documentation and Proposed Submission Documents price list are available below.  Paper copies of Local Plan documents may be purchased from Spatial Planning at Electric House, Torquay.
The Local Plan sets out key issues, aspirations for the future, and policies for delivering and managing change over the next 20 years and beyond. The Local Plan will form the statutory basis for decisions on spatial planning within Torbay when Adopted.
This version of the Local Plan represents what the Council believes to be the most sustainable approach for guiding development in Torbay, having regard to government guidance and good practice.  
The Council will consider responses received. It hopes to submit the Plan, along with representations made on it, to the Secretary of State in July 2014.  The Local Plan will then be subject to independent examination by the Planning Inspectorate, probably during Autumn 2014.

Comments received on earlier drafts

The Proposed Submission Plan was drafted taking into account the responses received on previous consultations and engagement, including:  
•A draft of the Local Plan which was consulted on during September - November 2012 (see documents at the bottom of this page under Related Documents)
•A vision, objectives and a growth options consultation that took place during September - November 2009.
•Ongoing engagement with Torbay’s three Neighbourhood Forums, the Planning Inspectorate, Neighbouring Councils and other bodies.
A Statement of Consultation and Engagement document at the bottom of this page provides a detailed assessment of representations received and how the Council has addressed them.

The Document in more detail

The Plan sets out five aspirations for balanced and sustainable growth:
1.Secure economic recovery and success
2.Achieve a better connected, accessible Torbay and essential infrastructure
3.Protect and enhance a superb environment
4.Create more sustainable communities and better places.
5.Respond to climate change
Central to the Plan is safeguarding and enhancing Torbay's environment and its uniqueness. It also prioritises economic growth and new jobs for the Bay. That includes some innovative proposals to breathe new life and vitality into Torbay’s town centres, policies to provide employment space, and the promotion of investment into core tourism areas.
The Plan supports exciting new projects, including a new harbour extension for Torquay, the Northern Arm Breakwater at Brixham, expansion of primary schools, new sports facilities at Clennon Valley, watersports and cycling areas of excellence, education and employment space at West Paignton and North West Torquay. These will help Torbay make the most of the benefits that a recovering economy and the new South Devon Link Road will bring.
The National Planning Policy Framework requires local plans to make every effort objectively to meet housing, business and other development needs in an area, with sufficient flexibility to adapt to rapid change, unless the adverse impacts of doing so would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits. This Plan represents what the Council believe, based on detailed assessments, to be the most appropriate level and distribution of growth, taking into account the area's requirements as well as environmental and infrastructure capacity.

Related Documents

All documents open in a new window. Need more help with documents? View the Document Help page.