When it comes to preparing plans for future development in the area, we want to ensure everyone involved has a chance to have their say.

That's why we work with a range of organisations and the local community. There's an opportunity for anyone who is interested to get involved at every stage of the process.

Our Plans

Our plans set out where development will happen and how this will occur, in a way that causes least damage to the environment and supports our communities. Most plans cover a period of 10 -15 years. We use evidence and information to understand how things may change and what we can do to manage that change.

Local Development Scheme

The Local Development Scheme sets out the planning policy documents we intend to produce, and provides a timetable for each document showing when we will reach key stages in the production process.  South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council have worked with Plymouth City Council to produce the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan. which was adopted in March 2019.

Community Involvement

Part of our understanding is built on feedback from the community about what is important to them. This feedback comes from local residents, businesses and groups within the community. The Council has set out how it will work with communities in preparing plans in its  Statement of Community Involvement (SCI).

To sign up for email alerts when we are consulting on our plans, please contact us with your details and we will add you to our mailing list.

The Bigger Picture

When preparing plans it is important that we take into account what happens in the wider area, outside our boundaries. This is because many people work, shop or carry out leisure activities in surrounding areas and, likewise we attract a number of visitors to the facilities we provide.

That's why it's important that we work with our neighbouring authorities to look at the bigger picture and how it might impact on the plans we prepare.

Planning with other Organisations

When we prepare plans we need to think about services and facilities that may be required to support our communities, e.g. roads, sewerage and water, healthcare and education. It is the responsibility of other organisations to provide these services. We work with these organisations to make sure we plan properly for our area.