Local Plan Review

The local plan review is at  https://www.teignbridge.gov.uk/planning/local-plans-and-policy/local-plan-review-2020-2040/live-consultation/  

The local plan review is hugely important for shaping development and an opportunity to make a real difference to the future. Charles Nuttall is on the committee that has gone through the plan line by line debating changes and priorities, it has been a huge task.

Please join us in giving feedback on the local plan review. This is a real chance to make a difference to how our region develops. The policies we adopt here will be used to adjudicate planning applications for years to come.

Andy Swain comments: Thankyou very much for the considerable work that has gone into this review. As a Teignbridge District Councillor, but not on the review board, I am very proud of what our council is achieving here. The priorities being reinforced in the plan are excellent.I am especially pleased to see carbon neutral buildings enshrined in policy. This is long overdue and should never have been cancelled by the conservative government in 2015. Please resist any lobbying attempts to dilute this policy it is necessary and appropriate.

Please consider adding a “Cut and Fill Policy”, along the lines of…
Minimising export and import of inert material by designing for cut and fill, demonstrated with a suitable survey/assessment by the applicant. Import is acceptable where there is a demonstrable need to dispose of inert material in the local area. If export cannot be avoided, it should be suitably mitigated and include an export management plan showing how the material will be transported and where it will be disposed.

I am sure decision makers will be aware of the very contentious planning application for landfill of inert material on an industrial scale at Lower hare Farm in Whitestone. It seems that a simple change to planning could greatly reduce the need for such damaging developments in an area of great landscape value.

p.54 Policy DW3 j)
“include junctions which enable easy onward movement for pedestrians and cyclists” I welcome this recognition of the importance of easy onward movement in cycle lanes. This is often a fatal design flaw in cycle infrastructure.

p.68 DW9
I welcome the recognition of wildlife corridors as well as habitat areas.

p.115 paragraph 6.15
” pushing for designs which are not truly ‘tenure
blind’ to be challenged” I welcome this.

p.153 Policy EN8
I welcome this policy, Teignbridge benefits from exceptionally dark skies even in Ide, very close to Exeter. This needs protection, and a great deal is possible even when adding external lighting to minimise the light polluting effect.