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Adoption of the Torbay Local Plan

On 10 December 2015, Torbay Council adopted the Torbay Local Plan. The Adopted Plan will form part of the development plan for Torbay and provide the basis for decisions on spatial planning within Torbay over the next fifteen or so years.
As a consequence of Adoption, and consistent with the relevant Local Planning and Environmental Assessment Regulations, the following documents are available for inspection:
For information, the Adopted Plan comprises the Torbay Local Plan - Proposed Submission Plan (February 2014), as modified by the Replacement Main Modifications, Replacement Additional (Minor) Modifications and Further Additional Modifications set out in the Appendices to the Local Plan Adoption Statement (see above document links). This latter document sets out the procedural basis for Adoption. Accordingly, the Adopted Torbay Local Plan 1995-2011 is now superseded by the newly Adopted Torbay Local Plan 2012-2030.
The Council is currently preparing the final edited version of the Adopted Torbay Local Plan containing all Modifications contained in the published Local Plan Adoption Statement. In the meantime, the Council has prepared for information an updated ‘composite’ version of the Local Plan which now takes into account all of the modifications included in the Local Plan as Adopted. This can be treated as the most up-to-date current version of the Draft Adopted Plan text, although it should be noted that it is still subject to any necessary editorial amendments that may be required as part of preparation for printing.
The Local Plan will be available as a hard copy or on a USB memory stick (in PDF). There will be a very limited print run of hard copies of the Local Plan, and so we want to ensure that those people or organisations that have pre-ordered will get a copy. For this initial period, pre-ordered hard copies will cost £100 and a USB memory stick will cost £70. Future prices are likely to be £200 and £100 respectively to reflect a bespoke print run. The final published document will also be available to view online in due course. If you would like to take advantage of the launch price, please order copies clearly stating which format you require by Friday 29th April 2016 at the latest. You can email requesting copies.  Card payments will be accepted via 01803 207801 quoting the ‘new Local Plan’.

Inspector’s Report – October 2015

The Inspector’s Final Report on the Examination into Torbay Local Plan is now available (see below). It concludes that the Plan is sound, subject to a number of modifications. The Main Modifications are summarised as;
It is hoped that the Torbay Local Plan will be adopted in December 2015.

Background to the Local Plan

In July 2014 the new Torbay Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State for Independent Examination. A separate Local Plan Examination page has been created detailing the various documents submitted as part of the Examination process and providing the latest information concerning the Examination process and related formal Hearing sessions. Hearing Sessions were conducted by the Examination Inspector in November 2014 to debate key policy issues relating to the Plan’s soundness. The Local 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, water sports 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.
Details of documents published on 24 February 2014 are as follows:
The Local Plan, together with associated Sustainability Appraisal, Habitats Regulations Assessment and Statement of Consultation documents, can also be viewed or downloaded free of charge via the Council’s Online Consultation Portal opens in a new window. The interactive Policies Map opens in a new window 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, Castle Circus, Torquay, TQ1 3DR.

Proposed Modifications

Proposed Modifications to the Local Plan were prepared following the receipt of the Inspector’s subsequent ‘Initial Findings’ and ‘Further Findings’ documents, and the completion of further work by the Local Authority. The Proposed Modifications took the form of two schedules – the ‘Proposed Main Modifications’ (to do with matters that directly affect the soundness of the Plan) and the ‘Proposed Additional Modifications’ (more minor changes that do not directly affect soundness). Related Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) and Sustainability Appraisal (SA) documents were also published for consultation in February 2015.
Representations to the Local Plan Proposed Modifications were analysed and copies forwarded to the Examination Inspector. Redacted copies are available on the Examination of Torbay Local Plan page. Related Proposed Main and Additional Modifications documents are available via the Examination Library under the section heading ‘Torbay Council Proposed Modifications Documents’ on pages 13 – 15. Note that these documents have now been withdrawn.

Proposed Replacement Modifications

Following the Inspector’s consideration of the Council’s response to the representations received on the Proposed Modifications to the Submission Torbay Local Plan, he has provided further advice to the Local Authority regarding progression of the Examination (Ref PH/16). As a consequence, the Council withdrew the previously published Proposed Modifications documents and replaced them with a new set of changes to the Submission Plan (ref PH/17 & PH/18). These are the Proposed REPLACEMENT Modifications which were consulted on from 22 June to 3 August 2015 (documents which were the subject of this consultation are available from the links below (TCRMOD/1 to TCRMOD/9)). Representations to the Local Plan Replacement Modifications were forwarded to the Examination Inspector. Representations and the Council’s response to them are available from the links below (TCRMOD/10 to TCRMOD/18).
A ‘composite version’ of the February 2014 Proposed Submission Local Plan was prepared for information only, to show the Council’s Proposed Replacement Main Modifications and Proposed Replacement Additional (Minor) Modifications in context. However, the above Schedules remain the definitive documents in terms of content and accuracy.
Reference copies are available at Torbay Council’s  Spatial Planning Office (Electric House, Castle Circus, Torquay TQ1 3DR during normal opening hours.
Please see the Local Plan Examination page for further details of the approach being pursued.  The Examination Library (Version 24) document contains all additional material and correspondence between the Council and the Examination Inspector.