Plans for the future of Mid Devon – public asked to comment

Posted on: 23 December 2016

Mid Devon District Council has published its Local Plan Review (incorporating proposed modifications) covering the period to 2033, providing homes, jobs and facilities that will be needed in the years to come, while protecting the special areas of countryside that we cherish. The plan, which has evolved in full consultation with local communities, gives Cullompton a starring role in the District’s future in recognition of the need for new investment in the town, bringing long term traffic and economic benefits. Tiverton, Crediton and the villages are not left out, with the new homes, jobs and the supporting infrastructure they need.

The Council has carried out very wide consultation on this plan and has considered all of the comments received very carefully. Indeed, this will be the fourth consultation on the plan. It is now asking local people to make their views known on the proposed modifications to this final version of the plan before it is sent to an Independent Planning Inspector for approval and then adoption. All of the revised evidence, including an addendum to the Sustainability Appraisal, will be published with the local plan and anyone can make comments on these documents as well from 3rd January 2017.

The new Local Plan Review has been updated to take into account changes in government guidance, updated evidence and representations received during the previous Local Plan Review consultation in 2015. The Local Plan Review also incorporates the decision taken by Full Council on 22 September 2016 to propose an allocation of land at Junction 27 of the M5 for high quality tourism, leisure, retail and associated additional housing. The Council is now asking local people to comment on these proposed changes.

At the same time as the Local Plan, the Council has revised the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), a way to ensure that developers make a fair and reasonable contribution towards the schools, roads, leisure facilities and other local infrastructure needed in the area. Parish and town councils will receive a proportion of this levy from developments in their area to spend on their local priorities. The Council is also asking local people to comment on the proposed changes to the CIL Draft Charging Schedule.

Councillor Richard Chesterton, Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development, said “The new Local Plan provides a fantastic opportunity to deliver sustainable development that reflects the visions and aspirations of our district. In addition, the revised Community Infrastructure Levy will help secure much needed funding for infrastructure throughout Mid Devon. These latest consultations held on the Plan and CIL Draft Charging Schedule look at the changes which have been made in response to comments previously raised by the public and other organisations.”

About this consultation:

Consultation takes place from 3 January 2017 to 14 February 2017. The Council is seeking views from the public on proposed modifications only and not on the wider unchanged content of the Local Plan Review and CIL. The Local Plan Review, its Sustainability Appraisal, CIL documents, Statements of the Representations Procedure and other associated information will be available for inspection at Mid Devon Phoenix House and at public libraries (including the mobile library) during normal opening hours from 3 January 2017. Local Plan Review documents will be available to view from 3 January 2017 at, CIL documents at

You can also find out more at public exhibitions:

WillandWilland Village HallWednesday 18th January15:00 – 18:00
TivertonPhoenix HouseSaturday 21st January09:30 – 12:30
CreditonCrediton Boniface CentreWednesday 25th January12:00 – 15:00
UffculmeUffculme Madgelake HallThursday 26th January16:00 – 19:00
CullomptonCullompton Town HallMonday 30th January12:00 – 15:00
Sampford PeverellSampford Peverell Village HallWednesday 1st February15:00 – 18:00

If you wish to comment on both consultations, you must send in two separate representations. When making a representation you must include your name and full postal address, otherwise your comments cannot be registered. Addresses will only be used to inform people about the new plan, CIL and other planning matters. To make a representation on:

Local Plan Review: Proposed Submission (incorporating proposed modifications)

Please respond in writing either using our online survey at: , by emailing or posted/delivered to Local Plan Review Consultation, Forward Planning, Mid Devon District Council, Phoenix House, Tiverton, EX16 6PP.

Community Infrastructure Levy (revised)

Please respond in writing either using our online survey at: , by emailing or posted/delivered to Local Plan Review Consultation, Forward Planning, Mid Devon District Council, Phoenix House, Tiverton, EX16 6PP.

For more information please contact:

The Forward Planning Team
Tel: (01884) 234344

or visit our website at:

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