The Local Development Framework sets out all the information you will need about what types of new development is planned in the District, where it will take place and how it will be managed. It also provides policies to determine planning applications.

Adopted Plans

The Local Development Framework is made up of a number of documents that contain policies to manage development in the District. They are known as Adopted Plans as they have been through a number of statutory processes and formally adopted by the Council.

The adopted South Hams plans include:  

  • 2006 Core Strategy
  • 2007 Sherford New Community Area Action Plan (AAP)
  • 2008 Affordable Housing Development Plan Document (DPD)
  • 2010 Development Policies Development Plan Document (DPD)
  • 2011 Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD) for:
    •  Dartmouth
    •  Ivybridge
    •  Kingsbridge
    •  Totnes
    •  Rural Areas

Devon County Council prepare plans for waste and minerals and these also form part of the development plan:

There are a number of other plans that give more detailed policy interpretation:

  •  2006 Open Space, Sport and Recreation Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)
  •  2008 Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)
  •  2008 Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

The 2012 Masterplans and Development Briefs Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) was revoked by The Executive of the Council on the July 18 2013. This has allowed us to revise and improve our pre-application planning process, which now includes the most positive aspects of what was formerly required by the SPD, such as;

  • Meaningful early engagement between developers, ourselves, residents and communities when looking at development proposals,
  • More opportunities for applicants to show how consultation feedback has influence proposals,
  • A more efficient, joined up response from us that can help with consistent decision making.

Additional details regarding the revocation of the SPD, and the revised pre-application process, can be found by looking at the minutes and reports of the Executive for 18 July 2013.

A Statement of Fact has been prepared, in line with the statutory duty of ourselves as the Local Planning Authority, which provides more information regarding the revocation, and how the processes outline in the SPD will now be addressed in the Icon for pdf Statement of Fact [209.64KB].

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

South Hams District Council does not currently have a CIL and has not yet taken a decision as to whether this will be implemented in the future.