Planning Context

Plymouth and South West Devon Joint

Local Plan Policy PLY44 of the emerging JLP requires the delivery of a Sustainable Urban Extension and Community Park at Woolwell.

This includes the provision of:

  • In the order of 2,000 new homes

  • Open space including a community park, sports and playing facilities

  • A network of high quality walking and cycling routes

  • Appropriate local facilities to support existing and new residents including a new primary school

The JLP will, when formally adopted, become part of the Development Plan for the area and will be the core document in the determination of planning applications. The JLP has been subject to extensive public consultation and is subject to an independent Examination in Public. As part of this Examination, the Inspectors held a number of formal public hearings which ended in March 2018. The Inspectors’ Interim Findings are now awaited and any modifications which need to be made to the JLP will be taken into account when finalising our draft proposals.


Bickleigh Neighbourhood Plan

Woolwell is accepted to be the location for a significant urban extension and, whilst not policy, sets out a series of helpful comments on how it would like to see the allocation delivered. The draft Neighbourhood Plan was submitted to South Hams District Council in February, prior to it being considered at an independent examination. If found sound, the Neighbourhood Plan will proceed to a local referendum prior to its adoption. We will review any potential implications on our proposals of the Neighbourhood Plan once finalised and adopted.


Housing need

  • The average house price in South Hams is £275,502 – approximately 12% more than the average for the South West.

  • The average house price in South Hams is 10 times the average local income.

  • over 1,500 people are currently on thE council housing waiting list in South Hams.