The current consultation on Part 1 of the draft Local Plan for Teignbridge (2020-2040) was launched on 23rd March 2020. As a town or parish council, you will have hopefully received a notification from us in March to let you know about this alongside a paper copy of the Draft Local Plan and the Need to Know Guide.
Since the start of the consultation we have been carefully monitoring the situation regarding Covid-19 social distancing restrictions and the effect that this is having on our ability to consult effectively with our communities. So far, we have been very pleased with, and encouraged by, the number of people who have participated in the consultation and wish to thank all of you who have taken the time to get involved to date.
The government recently suggested that councils should update their ‘Statement of Community Involvement’ to expressly set out the different ways in which people are included in consultations, given that face to face meetings during the pandemic are not possible.
As such, we’re updating the Statement that appears on our website and although this will not affect the substance of the consultation, we will extend the consultation to give people the statutory six weeks to comment after this change is made on 1 June.
Instead of closing on 15 June, the consultation, which launched on 23 March, will now run for a total of 16 weeks, closing on 13 July 2020.
The addendum to the Statement of Community Involvement can be viewed here.
Making the Plan available in your local area
Given the ongoing social distancing restrictions and the current closure of public buildings, it is a challenging time to raise awareness of the consultation for those people without access to the internet. As such, we are asking you, as the local leaders of your community, to help us in spreading the word and making the plan available for people in your communities to view.
Viewing the Local Plan
The Local Plan and its associated documents can be viewed at: www.teignbridge.gov.uk/localplanreview