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St James Neighbourhood Plan

We’re not the only place developing a plan. St James in Exeter have been working on for a while now too and you can download their draft below. As you can see it’s quite well developed and pretty detailed. St James Park is obviously a smaller area than Torquay but there are definitely elements we could apply to the two focus areas. Take a look and see what elements you like, is it easy to read, do you think we could achieve something similar?

St James Exeter

Twin Tracking of Plans

There has been a lot said about the benefit of the Neighbourhood Plan and the New Local Plan below are a few notes about the two working together and some of the benefits and risks. Hopefully this will help explain some of the responsibilities of the two.


-For local people to have a greater say about planning in their area
-Local + Neighbourhood Plans = Development Plan with teeth
-Local Plan does not allocate sites. Seen as meaningful role for Neighbourhood Plans.
-Opportunity to identify sites and nature of viable development should not be missed


-With opportunity comes responsibility
-If Neighbourhood Plan doesn’t identify sites, the Local Plan may fail
-If Local Plan fails, so will Neighbourhood Plan
-Local Plan identification of sites with planning permission or previously allocated helps reduce risk in first 5 years

Neighbourhood Plans – duty

-To promote the social, economic and environmental well-being of the area
-Must be in general conformity with the Local Plan and/or NPPF
-Must equal or exceed level of change / growth in Local Plan

Structure of Neighbourhood Plan

-Context:  history and nature of area; big issues
-Projects: ‘community pride’ / quality of place projects
-Sites / buildings: particularly in focus areas (e.g. Torquay Gateway)
-Policy: additional policy / detail to add to Local Plan

Next Meeting

The next meeting is taking place on the 29th October at the usual time of 6:30pm at Torbay Yacht Club. We will be covering the latest developments of our plan, reviewing the New Local Plan and Suzie Masterman of the Torbay Development (TDA) will be discussing the Tor Bay Harbours Masterplan.

The full agenda can be found here.

There was a recent public consultation event for the masterplan and you can view the presentation here.

Local Plan Feedback

It’s very important that we feed back to the council what our thoughts are on the Draft Local Plan. The Forum will collate all responses to give our ‘official’ position. To do so please read the documents and fill out the feedback form, all of which can be located here.

Community Plans

The draft plans for the two focus groups and the for 5 of the community partnerships are available in the downloads section. This is the first chance to comment on what the groups have been working on. There is still an opportunity for these to be changed and refined or have new ideas added. This is the first step, but we need feedback. If you’re silent then we can’t include your thoughts. Either leave your feedback on the website or let us know at the forum meetings.

Commuity Plans

Prince’s Foundation

We have been given the good news that the Prince’s Foundation has been given more funding from the government which will enable them to provide us with more support. They have already been fantastic with helping us out two times already and are looking to spend a further week with us, probably some time in November. They will be helping to refine our ideas and how we can put them into a document. Additionally they will aid in consultation ideas and engaging with local people to help get buy in from the community. We look forward to working with them once again.

Jobs and Housing

Two of the most pertinent issues in any planning document are those of Jobs and Housing. Notice the order I placed them in? This is the strategy that Torbay Council hope to apply, we obtain jobs for people first and then build them houses. The big questions are always where do they go and how many do we need?

This is sure to be a lively discussion and will take place this Thursday (11th October) from 6:30pm at Torbay Yacht Club. This is the Agenda.

Landscape for Success

Torbay Council’s long awaited draft of the new local plan has been published. This will help set out the direction Torbay takes over the next 20 years and provides a strategic overview for the three towns. Our Neighbourhood Plan will sit as document specifically for Torquay and help to provide greater detail on some of the aspects the Local Plan introduces.

The consultation period runs until 9th November and the forum will aim to send back a collated document on our position. Susie has emailed out a feedback forum for members to put their comments on. This will then be collated with all forms received. You can of course submit your personal feedback to the council directly.

You can find more infomation on the New Local Plan on the Torbay Council website or the downloads section.