Friends of South Hams


FRIENDS OF SOUTH HAMS

This Web site is for those who love the South Hams “The jewel in the crown of Devon” and who wish to protect and enhance the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The FOSH Posts:

Planning ‘In the Public Interest’

Planning ensures that the right development happens in the right place at the right time, benefitting communities and the economy. It plays a critical role in identifying what development is needed and where, what areas need to be protected or enhanced and in assessing whether proposed development is suitable.


The planning system is also one of the key ways that we can implement a vision for sustainable development by ensuring, for example, that new growth helps reduce climate change emissions through renewable technology, energy efficiency and reducing the need to travel. Your voice and the voice of our community need to be heard just as loudly as the voice of the development industry.

The National Planning Policy Framework stresses the importance of having a planning system that is genuinely plan-led. To the extent that development plan policies are material to an application for planning permission, the decision must be taken in accordance with the local development plan unless there are material considerations that indicate otherwise.

Is there any point getting involved? Yes! You have important rights to be involved in the way that local planning decisions are made. The Council must take note of your views. Local people are often accused by developers and government of being NIMBYs, but the people in the South Hams have a wealth of knowledge and experience to bring, which makes for better planning decisions.

So how does it work? The process of dealing with a planning application is a bit like a horse race. Each application has to jump over a number of hurdles before it reaches the finish line and gets either approved or refused. The FOSH ‘Nine Steps’ simple guide provides an outline of the key stages a planning application has to pass through. Don’t be put off by the apparent complexity! In fact, you only have to think about a small number of key stages where you can make a real difference to the outcome. 

If you want to write a good quality planning objection letter, the best place to start is with all of the facts. The place to find them in is in the planning application, which is held in the Council’s planning office and their publicly accessible online planning file.

Visit our ‘Beginners Planning Guide’

Visit our FOSH Facebook page

For more information, email:     friendsofthesouthhams@gmail.com

Or write to: FOSH, Rathlyn, Grenville Rd, Salcombe, TQ8 8BJ

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FRIENDS OF SOUTH HAMS

This Web site is for those who love the South Hams “The jewel in the crown of Devon” and who wish to protect and enhance the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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