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How to get involved

Writing the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan will involve extensive evidence gathering, public consultations and joint working with neighbouring authorities and partners. The approach we take to engage people in writing the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan is set out in our Statement of Community Involvement.

You can follow our progress in producing the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan by keeping an eye on this website. Alongside consultation material you will have the opportunity to submit your comments using online forms on this website.

If you would like to be informed of progress, please register your details on our Stay Informed page.

What process will writing the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan follow?

The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) Regulations 2012 set out the process for preparing and adopting a new Plan, with key stages defined by a ‘Regulation’. The key stages required for this process are set out below:

  • Stage One – Consultation on Issues (Regulation 18)
    Comments are invited on the scope and content of the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan and the key issues facing the area. Feedback will shape the first draft of the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan.
  • Stage Two – Draft Greater Exeter Strategic Plan
    Using the information gained from Stage One and evidence gathering a Draft Greater Exeter Strategic Plan will be prepared. This will include draft policies, potential development locations and supporting information. You will be invited to comment on the contents of the Draft Greater Exeter Strategic Plan.
  • Stage Three – Publication Version of the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan (Regulation 19 & 20)
    The Draft Greater Exeter Strategic Plan will be revised in light of the response from Stage Two and further evidence gathering. You will be able comment on the ‘soundness’ of a Publication Version of the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan.
  • Stage Four – Submission and Planning Inspector’s Hearings (Regulation 22 – 25)
    The Publication Version of the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan and representations received from Stage Three will be submitted to the Secretary of State. An Independent Planning Inspector will be appointed and examines the plan, evidence and comments received. He/she will hold hearings to discuss the ‘soundness’ of the plan. Modifications can be made to the plan to address outstanding issues, which may involve further consultation.
  • Stage Five – Adoption of the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan (Regulation 26)
    The Greater Exeter Strategic Plan will be adopted by the Local Planning Authorities and used to inform local planning policy and decisions on planning applications.

When will each stage in preparing the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan happen?

The current timetable for producing the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan is set out in our Local Development Scheme.