Why are we doing this?

The government’s Localism Act 2011 (part 6/3) introduced new powers for people to make neighbourhood plans and neighbourhood planning orders, with reduced interference from central government. These new powers are in addition to existing opportunities for community involvement, which are already part of the planning system. The legislation came into effect in April 2012:


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“Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. They are able to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, have their say on what those new buildings should look like, what infrastructure should be provided and grant planning permission for the new buildings they want to see go ahead. Neighbourhood planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people to ensure that they get the right types of development for their community where the ambition of the neighbourhood is aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area”.

  • When adopted by West Devon Borough Council our NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN will become a document with legal status and an important adjunct to their Local Plan and to the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan (JLP)

  • It will then have to be taken into account by the Planning Inspectorate and in all WDBC planning decisions that affect the Peninsula up to 2034