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Local Development Scheme

Local Planning Authorities are required to publish a Local Development Scheme to specify the development plan documents (local plans) they are proposing for their areas, including their subject matter and timetable.

The last Local Development Scheme for Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon was published in 2019, following the adoption of the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan in March 2019.  However, since 2019, the English planning system has been subject to significant upheaval through a process of national planning reform. This has included significant legislative, regulatory and policy change, and this process is not yet complete, meaning that many uncertainties still exist.

The councils have conducted a five-year review of the Joint Local Plan and believe it to remain an up-to-date and an appropriate spatial plan for the area.  Notwithstanding this, the councils are aware that the current Local Development Scheme is out-of-date, but are not yet in a position to publish a new one.  The Joint Local Plan Partnership Board first need to conclude a review they are currently undertaking of the implications of the Levelling-up and Regeneration Act 2023 and the other planning reforms, in order to determine the way forward.  It is anticipated that a new Local Development Scheme will be published in the Autumn of 2024.

Archived documents

Below are all the previous versions of the Local Development Scheme. These are documents which have been superseded, but are still available for you to view, purely for information purposes.


Listed below are all the Local Development Framework documents that have been submitted so far. All these documents have been sent to the Secretary of State to consider. We've already consulted on the issues and options and on our preferred options.

Comments have been considered in the preparation of these submission documents:

Key changes to the preferred options

This preferred option report was prepared as a basis for consultation on Plymouth's emerging Local Development Framework (LDF). It sets out the key changes we proposed since the original Core Strategy preferred options report that was published in July 2005. This report outlines the preferred policy directions, and highlights alternatives where appropriate.

Preferred options