People across the South Hams will be able to comment on proposals outlined in the Joint Local Plan ahead of it being submitted to a Government inspector.
A final consultation started last week and runs until Wednesday April 26, but there are strict guidelines about what people can comment on and how, so that the independent planning inspector can be satisfied that the plan has been is prepared properly.
The Joint Local Plan, which looks at where development, infrastructure and homes could go across the area over the next 18 years, was approved by South Hams District Council, Plymouth City Council and West Devon Borough Council recently.
The Government inspector needs to be satisfied that the plan is sound. The test of soundness looks to see if the plan has been drawn up according to Government guidelines, is consistent with national and regional policy, has properly considered all relevant issues and has taken into consideration the views of the community and other city strategy documents.
Planning officers will be available at workshop sessions across the area to help people make their comments and understand the process.
Conservative Cllr Michael Hicks, executive portfolio holder for strategy and commissioning at SHDC said: “This is an excellent document and a lot of hard work has gone into it. Our new Joint Local Plan has been produced with great care to ensure that there is a considered balance between the needs of as many of our residents as possible. It is also a very detailed document and we are anxious to ensure that all interested parties are given the opportunity to comment during the consultation period. The Plan for our Towns and Villages covers the time up to 2034.”
All comments will be published online and passed onto the planning inspector who decides which representations need addressing and who needs to participate in the public examination.
The planning inspector will seek views on whether the plan is sound and meets the tests set out in the National Planning Policy Framework. Namely whether the three councils have planned for the area’s housing, employment and infrastructure needs; the plan is based on sound evidence; the plan can be delivered by 2034; and the plan is consistent with national policy and enables sustainable development.
Comments need to relate to the soundness of the plan or to its compliance with legal requirements.
The best way to comment on the Joint Local Plan is through the consultation portal, however they will also accept comments via email email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or online at plymouth.consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal/planning/jlp.
Comments need to be made by midnight on Wednesday, April 26.
Sessions in South Hams will be held at:
• The Meadowbrook Social Club, Dartington, Wednesday 15 March 2pm to 6pm
• Parish Room, Yealmpton, Thursday 16 March 3pm to 7pm
• Methodist Church, Totnes, Friday 17 March 3pm to 7pm
• Guildhall Dartmouth, Monday 20 March 3pm to 7pm
• Town Council, Quay House, Room 3, Kingsbridge, Tuesday 21 March 3pm to 7pm
• Watermark Centre, Café, Ivybridge, Wednesday 22 March 3pm to 6pm
• Memorial Hall, Meeting Room, Modbury, Thursday 23 March 3pm to 7pm
• Watermark Centre, Library, Ivybridge, Friday 24 March 10 am to 2pm
• Library, Totnes, Saturday 25 March 9am to 1pm
• Guildhall, Dartmouth, Saturday 1 April 10am to 2pm
• Village Hall, Wesley Smith Room, Stokenham, Monday 3 March 3pm to 7pm
• CofE School, School Hall, Salcombe, Tuesday 4 April 3pm to7pm
• Library, Kingsbridge, Saturday 8 April 10am to 1pm
• The Meadowbrook Social Club, Dartington, Saturday 8 April 10am to 1pm