Plan Teignbridge on course for adoption
Teignbridge’s 20-year plan for new homes, jobs, employment land and community facilities is likely to be adopted, a Government’s Planning Inspector has said.
Plan Teignbridge, the emerging Local Plan for the district, maps out how jobs, homes – including affordable – community facilities, roads, country parks, and more will be provided to meet local needs over the course of the next 20 years.
Plan Teignbridge went before the Secretary of State’s Independent Planning Inspector Geoff Salter for a public examination in September. In a post hearing announcement, sent to Teignbridge on October 4, he says he has come to the ‘preliminary conclusion’ that the plan can be made sound, subject to some changes being made.
Mr Salter has started preparing his report, taking into account all the written representations and oral evidence presented at the hearing sessions held at Forde House between 5 and 24 September.
Mr Salter will continue drafting his proposed main modifications on which he will arrange for public consultation and, where necessary, sustainability appraisal work before he finalises his report.
Because the plan may require some changes, an examination into the charging schedule for a new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) will be held in the New Year.
The CIL is a new levy that local authorities can choose to charge on new developments in their area. The money is used to fund infrastructure that the council, local community and neighbourhoods need. Before charges can be imposed, the CIL proposals will also be considered by Mr Salter. The CIL hearing will be advertised at least four weeks in advance.
The Inspector’s post hearing announcement is on the Local Plan and CIL webpages of Teignbridge’s website: www.teignbridge.gov.uk/examination
(from a press release)