Torbay Local Plan - 'A landscape for success: The Plan for Torbay - 2012 to 2032 and beyond'
Submission of Torbay Local Plan
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.
Torbay Council submitted the new Local Plan for Torbay to the Secretary of State for Examination on 31 July 2014.
Submission marks the formal start of the Examination into the soundness of the Local Plan (as defined by paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework). In due course an independent Inspector from the Government’s Planning Inspectorate will be appointed to conduct these proceedings and to oversee any related Hearing sessions. It is anticipated that these will take place during autumn 2014.
In the meantime the Council has appointed a Programme Officer to manage the Examination and to liaise with those who have made representations on the Submitted Plan. Further details will appear on the Council’s website as matters progress and in due course a Torbay Local Plan Examination web page will be set up.
A Schedule of Submission Documents has been prepared containing a list of all the relevant documents relating to the Submission of the Torbay Local Plan. Some of these key submission documents are available to download via the Related Documents section at the bottom of this page.
The schedule includes the following:
- The Proposed Submission Local Plan
- Key Diagram and Policies Maps
- Regulation 18 Plan Preparation: Statement of Consultation and Engagement
- Regulation 20 Statement: Publication of Proposed Submission Plan and representations made, the Sustainability Appraisal Report and Habitats Regulations Assessment
- Statement of Legal Compliance
- Statement of Duty to Cooperate
- Topic Paper: Growth Strategy and Objective Assessment of Needs
- Schedule of suggested Torbay Council changes to the Proposed Submission Plan (February 2014) for consideration at Examination: Volume 1: Changes by Organisation and Volume 2: Changes by Paragraph and Policy Number
- Local Plan Proposed Submission Documents Price List
The Local Plan and associated Sustainability Appraisal, Habitats Regulations Assessment documents and a statement of consultation so far, can also be viewed or downloaded via the Council’s Online Consultation Portal free of charge. The interactive Policies Map is also available online, with PDF downloads available at the top of the map page.
Paper copies of Local Plan documents may be purchased from Spatial Planning at Electric House, Torquay.
Paper copies of Local Plan documents may be inspected or purchased from Spatial Planning at Electric House, Torquay, Council Connections Offices or libraries within Torbay.
Comments received on earlier drafts
The Proposed Submission Version of the new Torbay Local Plan was published for consultation from 24 February to 7 April 2014. In response to representations received, the Council has prepared a schedule of suggested changes to the Proposed Submission Version of the Local Plan. These do not go to the heart of the Plan but are provided to assist the Inspector in considering possible modifications to the Plan.
The proposed Submission Version of the 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
- 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.
Regulation 19 Statement of Representations Procedure and Availability of Documentation
The Local Plan in more detail
The Plan sets out five aspirations for balanced and sustainable growth:
- Secure economic recovery and success.
- Achieve a better connected, accessible Torbay and essential infrastructure.
- Protect and enhance a superb environment.
- Create more sustainable communities and better places.
- 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.
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