The Independent Examiner, Mr Nigel McGurk issued the Final Report on the Torquay Neighbourhood Plan (TNP) on Thursday 12th July 2018. The Council Reports Opens in a new window for the Torquay Neighbourhood Plan was considered by full Council on Thursday 15 November 2018. The Council agreed that the Decision Statement shall be adopted and published and that the Torquay Neighbourhood Plan, as modified is submitted to a Referendum. The three Neighbourhood Plan Decision Statements have been published and are available to inspect on the Neighbourhood Planning web page or on the Minutes of the Full Council meeting page.

Post Examination and Status of Torquay Neighbourhood Plan

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 expected to be held alongside the local elections on the 2 May 2019. The Post Examination Plan with Modifications, approved for Referendum is available below:

Post examination version of the Torquay Neighbourhood Plan with modifications
Published November 2018

The Torquay Neighbourhood Plan - post Examination version with modifications has been subject to a Habitats Regulations - Appropriate Assessment. The draft document and Interim Natural England Response are available below.

Torquay Neighbourhood Plan (Post Examination Version) Draft Habitats Regulations Assessment - Appropriate Assessment
Published 15 November 2018
Natural England interim HRA response
Dated 12 September 2018

Mr Nigel McGurk was appointed as Independent Examiner for the Torquay Neighbourhood Plan. The Examination commenced in April and closed with the issuing of the Examiner’s Report July 2018.

The Independent Examiner, Mr Nigel McGurk, held a Public Hearing relating to the Torquay Neighbourhood Plan at the The Imperial Torquay, Park Hill Road, Torquay, TQ1 2DG on Monday 14 May 2018. Torbay Council, Torquay Neighbourhood Forum, Natural England, Torbay Development Agency (Estates and Housing) and Mr JG Thomas were invited to speak at the Hearing by Mr McGurk. Natural England was unable to attend. Whilst only invited representatives are permitted to take part in discussions, the Public Hearing was open for members of the public to attend.

The Notice, Agenda and audio file of the Public Hearing in May are available below. The post Public Hearing correspondence related to the proposed Local Green Space (TNPLGSH04) on Teignmouth Road, Torquay is also available below.

The Submitted Consultation Torquay Neighbourhood Plan (November to 18 December 2017) and the renewal of Torquay Neighbourhood Forum’s status (7th December 2017) can still be viewed via the relevant drop down box below. Consultation responses to the submitted TNP an any further late representations can be found on the Torquay Submission Neighbourhood Plan Representations web page.

Consultation on the submitted Torquay Neighbourhood Plan closed at 9am on Monday 18 December 2017. The relevant documents are still available below.

In accordance with the appropriate regulations, all comments will be forwarded on for consideration by the appointed Examiner. The Examination has now commenced (April 2018). Further details will be available on the Neighbourhood web pages once confirmed.

Torquay Neighbourhood Forum Submission Letter
Submission letter (received 19 October 2017 added by request of the Forum 22 March 2018).
Submitted Plan
Torquay Neighbourhood Plan
Policies Maps
Torquay Neighbourhood Plan
Basic Conditions Statement
Torquay Neighbourhood Plan
Consultation Statement
Torquay Neighbourhood Plan
Sustainability Appraisal
Torquay Neighbourhood Plan
Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report
Torquay Neighbourhood Plan
Habitats Regulations Assessment Screening Report
Torquay Neighbourhood Plan
Notice of Hearing
Notice of hearing public notice for the Torquay Neighbourhood Plan on 14 may 2018.

Please note The Torquay Neighbourhood Forum have their own website (  Opens in a new window ) which has up to date information on progress, events and how to get involved.

Consultation in relation to Torquay Neighbourhood Forum’s status and associated Neighbourhood Area closed on Monday 20 November 2017.

The original application for Neighbourhood Area and Neighbourhood Forum status in Torquay was approved in December 2012. The area is based on existing Community Partnership areas:

  • Torre and Upton
  • Torquay Town Centre
  • Shiphay and The Willows
  • Wellswood and Torwood
  • St. Marychurch and District
  • Ellacombe
  • Cockington
  • Chelston and Livermead
  • Barton and Watcombe
  • Hele and Lower Barton

Forum status expired after 5 years (December 2017). The intention of the Forum to renew their status as a ‘Qualifying Body’ (ie. Neighbourhood Forum) and their associated Neighbourhood Area was consulted on and the application can be viewed below.  The Torquay Neighbourhood Forum was re-designated by full Council on 7 December 2017 (the Report (Item 11) and Minutes can be accessed online). The designation lasts, in accordance with the regulations, for 5 years.

Torquay Neighbourhood Plan
Application for designation of a Neighbourhood Area (Regulation 5) - 2017.