Consultation launched on planning guidance document

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Posted on: 18 April 2018

A consultation has been launched this week (Monday 16 April) on a planning guidance document for the South Hams Special Area of Conservation.

The Supplementary Planning Document is being prepared to advise the implementation of policies in statutory development plans, including Local Plans, the Devon Waste Plan and the Devon Minerals Plan.

The document relates specifically to the population of Greater Horseshoe Bats for which the site partly has its designation, to ensure that there will be no adverse effects on the population of Greater Horseshoe Bats in the South Hams Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

The document is aimed at those developing, determining or commenting on planning applications in the South Hams (SAC) Consultation Area – covering parts of Dartmoor National Park Authority, South Hams District Council, Teignbridge District Council and Torbay Council. This includes land owners, developers, planning agents, ecological consultants, council members and other organisations.

People are being asked for their comments during the consultation which ends on Wednesday 30 May.

Councillor Jerry Brook, Chairman of Devon County Council’s Development Management Committee, said: “The guidance aims to provide clarity on planning requirements in order to reduce costs and delays to developers and local planning authorities. We want people to take part in the consultation and provide us with their feedback to ensure that the guidance is clear and will meet the needs of everyone using it.”

Dan Janota, Dartmoor National Park Authority’s Head of Forward Planning and Economy, said: “This has been a great example of collaborative working between the local authorities. It will lead to a clearer and more consistent approach to decision making in this area, protecting this important species whilst enabling appropriate development to take place.”

Councillor Humphrey Clemens, Teignbridge District Council’s Executive for Planning and Housing, said: “The draft SPD is a big step forward in protecting the environment and creating better habitat provision for bats when new development schemes are being considered. We urge everyone to get involved with this consultation.”

Councillor Hilary Bastone, Executive Portfolio Holder for Customer First at South Hams District Council, said: “I would like to enthusiastically endorse the collaborative working that has led to the draft document. To have something that helps us as a planning authority, deal consistently with all applications that may potentially impact on this protected species is where we all want to get to, a very positive step in the right direction.”

Torbay Council’s Executive Lead for Waste and Planning, Councillor Derek Mills, said: “Making the planning application process clearer will benefit a great deal of people and could help make it quicker, simpler and less costly. We encourage anyone with questions or ideas to take part in the consultation process so that the guidance document can take your views into consideration.”

This latest document will update and replace the South Hams Special Area of Conservation Greater Horseshoe Bat Consultation Zone Planning Guidance published by Natural England in 2010.

Devon County Council is leading the consultation process on behalf of the five Local Planning Authorities.

The Draft Supplementary Planning Document can be viewed online at htps://new.devon.gov.uk/haveyoursay as well as at the relevant Council offices during normal office hours.

Responses need to be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday 30 May 2018.

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