On 2 May 2019 there will be referendums for Torquay, Paignton and Brixham Peninsula Neighbourhood Plans. More information about the plans can be found below and more information about the referendum process can be found on our Neighbourhood Plan Referendums page. 


Neighbourhood Plans help local communities play a direct role in planning the areas in which they live and work.

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 Torquay and Paignton, plans have been prepared by Neighbourhood Forums and in the Brixham Peninsula (including Brixham, Churston, Galmpton and Broadsands areas) the Brixham Peninsula Neighbourhood Forum has prepared the plan as a sub-committee of Brixham Town Council. The plans themselves have been prepared by the community, with support from but independently of Torbay Council.

More information is available below on the respective webpages and in the FAQ’s, including Government policy and guidance. The Neighbourhood Forums also have their own websites:

Neighbourhood Plan Examinations and Council Determination

Independent Examiners were appointed in agreement with the Neighbourhood Forums in Spring 2018. Mrs. Deborah McCann was appointed for both the Paignton and Brixham Peninsula Neighbourhood Plans, and Mr. Nigel McGurk was appointed for the Torquay Neighbourhood Plan. The Examinations commenced in April 2018. The Examiner's Reports and further details can be found on the respective pages below. All representations submitted on the Neighbourhood Plans during or after the Examinations can be viewed on the Submission Neighbourhood Plans Representations page.

Neighbourhood Plans were considered by full Council, as Local Planning Authority (LPA), on Thursday 15 November 2018 and the Council agreed that all three Decision Statements be adopted and published and that the Plans, as modified to meet the legal basic conditions, are submitted to a Referendum. The minutes of the Council meeting, including the decision statements, are included on the Council meeting's page.

Post Examination and Status of Neighbourhood Plans

The Post Examination Plans with Modifications, as approved for Referendum, are available on the relevant Neighbourhood Plan page.

The Local Planning Authority must have regard in dealing with an application to a post examination draft neighbourhood plan, so far as material to the application. All three Neighbourhood Plans have reached the stage when this legal duty is triggered, although the degree of weight is a matter for the decision taker. The Neighbourhood Plans cannot be accorded full weight of an adopted/made development plan, until they have passed Referendum. The Referendum is will be held alongside the local elections on the 2 May 2019.