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New service launched to help people in North Devon and Torridge with planning applications

By NDJDawn  |  Posted: March 31, 2014

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A new advice service is now available to help those applying for planning permission across North Devon and Torridge.

The service, launched by North Devon Council and Torridge District Council, is a ‘pre-application advice service’, designed to guide people through the process of applying for planning permission.

Applicants will be able to work together with the planning team to prepare a suitable application that can “save time, costs and frustration”.

North Devon Council Portfolio Holder for Strategic Planning, Councillor Mike Edmunds said: “Pre-application discussions can really help simplify the process for applicants and tends to lead to achieving better developments that deliver benefits to the community and the economy.

“I would highly recommend people make use of this excellent service."

Torridge Lead Member for the Natural and Built Environment, Councillor Gaye Tabor said: “Although Torridge will in future be charging for the pre-app service it has been providing, there are some notable exceptions; householder’s pre-apps, charities, town and parish councils and any advice on applications for disabled adaption works will continue to be given free.”

More information about the service can be found on the North Devon Council and Torridge District Council websites.

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  • Stork  |  April 01 2014, 2:37PM

    There needs to be more building land available. There are loads of people out there who would like to build their own home. They can't unfortunately because although they may have lived in the area all their lives, they can't afford to buy a building plot. It's all about supply and demand. Limit the amount of land available, and land prices go up ! It's not rocket science. If Councillors really want to be seen to help self builders, then make more land available, so it's more affordable. Or, restrict the land available, as most local authorities have done since the Town and Country Planning Act of 1947, and you have land prices skyrocketing. Well Councillors, what's it going to be ?

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  • at_devon  |  March 31 2014, 10:21AM

    About time!!

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