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The local plan update: a landscape to thrive

Torbay Local Plan 2022/40 site options and strategic housing policies

Torbay Local Plan Update: A Landscape to Thrive.  August 2023 Update.

Following the most recent Local Plan consultation in October 2022, significant changes to national planning policy have been announced. These include Ministerial Statements and the Draft National Planning Policy Framework (December 2022), progress on the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill though Parliament, and the publication of the Government’s Long Term Plan for Housing (July 2023).  We are currently reviewing the implications of these for the Torbay Local Plan, and assessing whether the findings of the review carried out in 2020 are still applicable and correct.

On this basis, we will not be publishing the next stage of the Local Plan Update before this has been given further consideration and emerging government policy has been formalised.  However, we are continuing with preparatory work for a review/update, including further evidence base work and assessments.

Torbay Local Plan Review and Update

We carried out two “Regulation 18” consultations in 2022 on updating the Torbay Local Plan 2012-30.

They were:

  • Local Plan Housing Update Growth Options Consultation (January 2022).
  • Local Plan Housing Site Options Consultation (October 2022)

These are available below under “Background Papers”.

Thank you to everyone who made comments on these consultations. These will be taken into account in considering the next stages of the Plan.  Following changes to government policy (see above ) it has been decided to reassess the current Local Plan 2012-30, and the review that we carried out in 2020, in the light of these changes. 

Evidence Documents

The Local Plan will be supported by evidence about key issues. Two important studies that have been carried out are the Housing and Economic Needs Assessment (HENA) and the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA). The latest versions of these documents are attached below, but please note that they are likely to evolve over time as new sites and data become available. The HENA and the HELAA are not policy documents, but part of the evidence that will help shape policy making. 

Housing and Economic Needs Assessment (HENA)

This HENA looks at the housing market in Torbay and calculates how many affordable homes need to be provided, as well as the size, type and tenure of homes that we need.

Read the Housing and Economic Needs Assessment May 2022.

Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA)

Need is different from capacity to meet that need. The next step has been to identify land that could potentially be used to meet Torbay’s housing need. This process, known as a Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA), looks at whether sites would be suitable to build homes on. The HELAA has included a ‘Call for Sites’ in which we have asked local people, land owners and agents to notify us of sites which may have development potential. This assessment was carried out in 2021 and will be refreshed as part of the Local Plan process. 

Read the Torbay Housing and Economic Land Availability.

Previous Cabinet Report (July 2022)

Read the Cabinet and background information to the October 2022 Housing Site Options Consultation.

Further information – Local Plan Update

The stages of the Local Plan Update are set out below.  However, these are indicative and may change, for example as a result of consultation responses

Review of local Plan (November 2020) > Issues, paper for evidence (Reg 18) this stage > Consultation plan (Reg 19) > Revisions to plan > Submission version of plan (Reg 22) > Submission of plan for examination

Background papers

Torbay Council LCA and LSA review
This report reviews the existing studies on the landscape of Torbay and suggests how to improve them for the Local Plan.
Torbay Sewer Capacity Assessment
This report provides an assessment of the future sewer capacity in Torbay
Torbay Local Plan Housing Growth Options Consultation (October to December 2022)
Feedback on Consultation Responses. Amended November 2023
Local Plan Site Options Statement and Consultation Questions
Explanatory Text and Questions
Local Plan Update: Draft Housing Policies
This document sets out draft policies for consideration as part of the Torbay Local Plan Site Options consultation.
Brixham Sites Wildlife Screening Assessment
Wildlife Screening Assessment September 2022
Torquay Sites Wildlife Screening Assessment
Wildlife Screening Assessment September 2022
Paignton Sites Wildlife Screening Assessment
Wildlife Screening Assessment September 2022
Torbay Local Plan 2022/2040 - “A Landscape to Thrive”
Regulation 18 Consultation Sustainability Appraisal
Torbay Local Plan Update 2022/2040 - “A Landscape to Thrive”
Frequently Asked Questions

Previous Stages

Torbay Local Plan Housing Update Summary 10 January 2022
Growth Options Consultation (Regulation 18)
Torbay Local Plan Housing Update10 January 2022
Growth Options Consultation (Regulation 18)
Option 5 Map Showing Categories
Meeting full needs (as required by Government)
Sustainability Appraisal of Local Plan Housing Update Growth Options.
Torbay Local Plan Housing Update
Local Housing Plan Survey questions
Questions asked in the local plan survey
Torbay Local Plan Housing Update
Call for Evidence - Reg 18 Consultation
Local Plan Housing Need Report to Cabinet February 2021
Local Plan Review Report to Cabinet November 2020
Local Plan Review Record of Decision November 2020
PAS Toolkit Local Plan Review November 2020
Sustainability Appraisal - Developing and Assessing Reasonable Alternatives
Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report
Local Plan Update
Cabinet report 12 July 2022
Appendix 1
Assessment of representations made on the regulation 18 Torbay local plan update growth options, January to February 2022
Appendix 2
Sustainability appraisal of reasonable alternatives: housing update growth options
Appendix 3
Map of sites considered in the cabinet site options report.
Minutes of cabinet decision
Record of decision: local plan update housing growth scenarios

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