If planning constraints apply to your area then further additional consents may be required for your scheme.

Local Plan 2012-2030

Check the new local plan for polices relevant to your site which might affect your development.

Conservation areas

Conservation Areas are areas of special or historic interest whose character or appearance is worthy of preservation or enhancement. Their 'specialness' is judged against local and regional criteria. Conservation Areas are shaded red on the map.

Protected trees

If this system shows a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) or Conservation Area in/near the property please contact us for clarification. Do not solely rely on this system. Once you inform us of the address of where the tree is situated, we will then be able to tell you whether a tree is protected by a Tree Preservation Order, lies within a Conservation Area, or is subject to a Planning or Landscaping Condition.

Listed buildings

A 'listed building' is a building, object or structure that has been judged to be of national historical or architectural interest. The map will display Grade 1 (marked red), Grade 2 (marked blue) and Grade 2 Star (marked green) Listed Buildings.

If you are unsure about what type of planning application you need to make then a pre-planning application will give you guidance on how to find out what permission(s) your scheme may require.

Flood risks

Flooding is an important issue, which must not be ignored. In the future, it is likely that flooding will occur more frequently and more severely due to climate change. Within Torbay some areas are at a higher risk of flooding than others; many areas are at little or no risk. It is the combination of a number of factors that contribute to making an area at risk from flooding. These are settlement location, including proximity to a watercourse or the coast, climate, geology and topography. The risk of flooding can become greater when there are extreme storm events or when taking into account the predicted effects of climate change.

Due to the severe flood risk within Torbay, the majority of the area has been identified as lying within the Torbay Critical Drainage Area. This means that we require most planning applications to be accompanied by a flood risk assessment which should identify pre development and post development flood risk. Development proposals should not increase flood risk both on and off the site as a consequence of the development. Key considerations are the Environment Agency Flood Risk data and the Strategic Flood Risk Assessments (SFRA) - see the flooding reports, information and legislation page. The Torbay Local Plan Policy ER1 Flood Risk boundaries (2015) seek to combine these data sets (which includes coastal, pluvial/surface water and fluvial modelling) but are only indicative and subject to change. The latest data is available from the Environment Agency and any updates to the SFRA. We have published a Sustainable Drainage Systems ‘SUDS Design Guide’ to provide assistance.

Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) Design Guide
A guide to assist developers and other individuals in designing drainage systems incorporating SuDS features and provide information to aid approval of these features within Torbay.