Torbay Council has adopted its Local Plan on 10 December 2015. The Local Plan will set the strategic vision for the development in the area between 2012 and 2030.
The Torbay Council had published its proposed submission local plan for a consultation that took place between between 24 February 2014 and 7 April 2014. The Torbay Local Plan was then submitted to the Secretary of State on 31 July 2014.
An Inspector was appointed and hearing sessions were held between 18 and 20 November 2014. As a result of these hearing sessions Torbay Council had published a schedule of proposed main modifications to their Local Plan which were available for public consultation between 9 February 2015 and 23 March 2015.
Following the consultation on the schedule of proposed main modifications the Inspector considered the responses recieved, and had recommended on 14 May 2015 that the examination be suspended while work on providing additional evidence is undertaken by the Council. The Council then withdrew their schedule of proposed modifications as a result. The Council then consulted on a schedule of proposed replacement modifications between 22 June 2015 and 3 August 2015.
The Inspector's report was issued to the Council on 12 October 2015. The report on the Torbay Local Plan had found that, provided modifications were made, the strategy provides an appropriate basis fo the planning of the area. All of the modifications had been put forward by the council, although one was subsequently withdrawn by the council but considered appropriate by the Inspector.
The Main Modifications include:
- Shorten the plan period from 2032 to 2030.
- As a result of the shorter plan period reducing the total number of houses to be delivered to 8,900.
- Add provision to allow the council to undertake further development plan work if proposed neighbourhood plans do not follow the strategy.
- Include a golf club in the list of possible housing sites.