North Devon Council and Torridge District Council have been working together to prepare a new local plan to cover northern Devon, called the North Devon and Torridge Local Plan. It will consider the long-term vision of objectives for the area up to 2031. 

It has been prepared with the aim of ensuring that future development within northern Devon is well planned and managed effectively whilst having a positive impact on local communities, the economy and the environment. The new local plan will provide a consistent approach to planning into the future across the whole of northern Devon.

The plan was submitted to the Secretary of State on 10 June 2016, with adoption planned for mid 2018. Further details of what has happened so far and all the relevant documents are available on our examination pages.  

As part of the examination of the local plan, a series of hearing sessions were held between 22 November and 6 December 2016. At the end of the hearing sessions, the Inspector considered that the housing requirement for the plan of 17,220 was ‘sound’. However, she identified key areas where further work was required. This work has now been completed and the councils prepared Further Main Modifications to the plan which were subject to consultation between 20 July and 1 September 2017.

Following the conclusion of consultation on the Further Proposed Main Modifications the Inspector has determined that further hearing sessions are required. The detail of the matters to be discussed are set out in Examination Document EC35: Inspector's note to the councils: Hearing sessions into proposed Further Main Modifications which can be found on our examination pages. The hearing sessions will commence on 16 January 2018 at The Cedars, Barnstaple. A draft programme  (document EC37) can also be found on our examination pages. Members of the public may attend the sessions but only parties invited to attend by the Inspector may speak.