Consultation notification: the Plymouth and South West Devon Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and the Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)

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Consultation Notification

The Plymouth and South West Devon Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and the Statement of Community Involvement (SCI)

What is this consultation about?

Plymouth City Council, South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council have prepared and are consulting on two draft documents:

  • The Plymouth and South West Devon Supplementary Planning Document (SPD); and,
  • Statement of Community Involvement (SCI).

Both documents continue the joint working undertaken by the Councils on the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan (JLP).

The consultation on the SPD and SCI will run from 13 November 2019 until 5pm on Monday 6 January 2020

What is the SPD

In March 2019 the JLP was adopted by the three JLP authorities. To support the implementation of the JLP, a new SPD was needed to add further detail and guidance to its policies. Once adopted, the SPD will be a material planning consideration when making decisions and will supersede those previously adopted SPDs across the JLP authorities listed in the document.


In addition to the SPD, two companion documents have also been updated/produced and are available for comment, these are:

  • Developer Contributions Evidence Base, which presents methodologies used to calculate the value of developer contributions; and,
  • Traditional Farm Buildings: Their adaptation and re-use (Barn Guide) which aids developers looking to adapt or re-use traditional farm buildings which are common in rural areas.

What is the SCI

The SCI sets out the minimum requirements for consultation and involvement proposed by the local planning authorities (LPAs) of the Councils when preparing planning documents or consulting on planning applications.

The joint SCI builds on the work of the JLP providing a consistent baseline to support the continued cooperation in planning across the three JLP authorities.

How can I comment

The Councils will only accept comments if they are “duly made” i.e. if they are received in a written format with a name and address supplied. Comments made verbally or anonymously will not be accepted.

The best way for you to view and comment on the documents is through our consultation portal.

PDF versions of all documents are also available through the SPD and SCI webpages.

We will also accept comments via e-mail to: and

Or via post to: Joint Local Plan Team, Plymouth City Council, Ballard House, West Hoe Road, Plymouth, PL1 3BJ.

Remember, the deadline for all comments is 5pm on Monday 6 January 2020.

What happens next?

At the end of the consultation, all comments will be published online and will be made available for public inspection on the website. A response report will also be published in the New Year.

The Councils will then make any changes necessary in response to the consultation and will aim to adopt both the SPD and the SCI in Spring 2020.

If you are having trouble viewing or gaining access to the material please get in touch via e-mail or by calling 01752 305477.