Major Development Sites, Towns, Villages and Rural Mid Devon Discussed at Local Plan Examination Day 2

Posted on: 15 February 2019

The second day of Mid Devon’s Local Plan Review Hearings has concluded at Phoenix House.

During the day the Planning Inspector, Paul Griffiths, who is appointed by the Government to rule on the Mid Devon Local Plan Review, discussed matters relating to the strategy for future development across Mid Devon with particular emphasis on large, strategic sites in Tiverton and Cullompton.

During the second day, discussions focused on the timescale and deliverability of the development proposed, together with associated infrastructure. Much of the discussion centred around development in Cullompton, particularly that proposed on land to the East, combined with proposed highway improvements at junction 28 of the M5 and the town centre relief road.

The proposal within the plan for the provision of a new railway station to serve Cullompton and the surrounding area was also debated.

The day concluded with discussion about some of the smaller scale village allocations.

The Local Plan Review is a plan for the future development of Mid Devon. It identifies how land is used in the district and where new homes, jobs, shops, schools, transport and other infrastructure will be planned. It also contains policies for the protection and enhancement of built and natural environment, including town centres, historic buildings, green spaces, and also wildlife.

Developing the Local Plan Review has been a lengthy process that involves many stages of preparation, public consultation and hearings.

The hearings will recommence on 19th February covering detailed development management policies, which will be used to assess future planning applications on a wide range of matters including good design, protecting the environment and landscape.

The planned final day of the hearings is 20th February, when the Inspector is due to consider the detailed wording of polices for allocation on J27 of the M5, Higher Town in Sampford Peverell and any other matters.

The eventual adoption of the Local Plan Review will provide Mid Devon with an up to date plan to help guide multi-million pound investment and provide more certainty over the future planning of the district to 2033.

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