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The report by Nigel McGurk the independent examiner of our Plan has now been published on the Council’s web site.
The report upholds 98 out of our 100 Local Green Space designations (Policy TE4) but removes the heart and soul from our Plan by taking out our communities’ aspirations and all of the policies that would have made Torquay ‘the best place to work, live and visit in the West’ – our overriding objective.
Rest assured we have already started the challenge to his report and the process of examination as independent advice seems to confirm our view that there are apparently major issues of compliance with NPIERS guidance, planning policy and case law.


The recording of the TNP Hearing is available to hear and down load from the Council’s web site and can be found via the following link.






Invitation to Torquay Neighbourhood Plan – Public Hearing

 Torbay Council, Torquay Neighbourhood Forum, Natural England, Torbay Development Agency (Estates and Housing) and Mr JG Thomas to speak at the Hearing as invited by Mr McGurk.
By the request of the Independent Examiner, Mr Nigel McGurk, you are invited to participate in a Public Hearing relating to the Torquay Neighbourhood Plan.
The Public Hearing will take place at 09.30am on Monday 14th May 2018 at The Imperial Torquay, Park Hill Road, Torquay, TQ1 2DG.
The purpose of the Public Hearing is to allow the Independent Examiner to hear oral evidence from invited participants to assist with his examination of the Torquay Neighbourhood Plan.
A Neighbourhood Plan Hearing is not the same as a public inquiry or an examination in public for a Local Plan. Rather, it is held at the discretion of the Independent Examiner, who will limit it to the consideration of specific matters that he determines necessary, in line with relevant legal requirements. The Independent Examiner will set out how the Public Hearing will run at the beginning of the day. 
The public are invited to attend and such attendance is welcomed. However, questions will only be put to, and participation will be restricted to, invited participants.
The subject matters to be considered at the Public Hearing are determined by the Independent Examiner. An Agenda will be provided no later than one week before the day of the Hearing. The Independent Examiner is not inviting pre-Hearing statements or any further written submissions and requests that you rely upon your written representations as submitted to Torbay Council.
I trust you will find this information helpful.  The Torbay Council Neighbourhood Planning web pages will be regularly updated.


Following recent developments there has been a change to some of the Executive posts on the Forum. All details pertaining to this can be found in the minutes and supporting documentation via the following links:
TNP SG Minutes Approved 5 January 2015
Representation by Mark Hoyle to the Torquay Neighbourhood Forum
Apology Letter
TNP SG Minutes 2 February Approved 2015
TNP SG Minutes Draft 2 March 2015
This has also led to some vacant positions on the steering group and anyone interested in taking up any of these roles should contact the newly elected Communications Officer in the first instance at
Newly elected Chair, Leon Butler, has said ‘I am confident we can now move forward with the two main tasks: firstly ensuring our policies are fit for purpose and then consulting with the whole of Torquay on our draft plan’ he added ‘I see my role as facilitating peoples input and challenging decisions so that our Plan makes a real difference to peoples quality of life’.


As the work by South West Water in Abbey Park goes into its final stages, the Friends of Abbey Park and Meadows would like to hear how you would wish to see the park in the future.

They are looking at the whole area of the park from Torbay Road back to the Riviera International Centre, and have taken into account the responses to the Mayor’s survey.
Much of the park is now looking tired and not working as hard as it could to provide facilities for all ages.

See more details here and click here to complete the Torbay Community Development Trust survey.

We would like to get input from a wide range of ages, not only from those who live in Torbay, but also from visitors. So if you have friends or relations who are regular visitors to the Bay, please make them aware of this survey.